At What Angle Should a Flu Shot or TDAP Vaccination be Given

As you may know, shoulder injuries can occur as a result of receiving a flu shot, Tdap, or other vaccination.  Typically, these injuries are caused when the person or provider giving the shot administers it in an improper location on the arm, typically too high on the shoulder.  However, in some instances, the administration of the shot at an improper angle can cause, or contribute in causing, a shoulder injury to the person receiving the shot.

An intramuscular injection is designed for the shot to be given directly into the muscle and should be administered at a 90 degree angle.  Most flu shots and other vaccines are designed to be administered as an intramuscular injection.

A subcutaneous injection is designed to be administered just below the skin and should be given at a 45 degree angle.

If you believe you or a loved one suffered an injury after receiving a flu shot, Tdap vaccine, or other vaccination, you should contact a doctor as soon as possible and detail to them what happened.  After that, feel free to contact our firm. Our firm is experienced in litigating vaccine injury claims on behalf of those suffering shoulder injuries and we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have as well as to discuss a potential claim for compensation.


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