Tag: Flu Shot Injuries

CAN USING THE WRONG SIZE NEEDLE FOR A FLU SHOT OR TDAP VACCINATION CAUSE A SHOULDER INJURY

As detailed in prior entries, shoulder injuries can occur as a result of receiving a flu shot, Tdap, or other vaccination.  Typically, these injuries are caused from improper needle placement by the person or provider administering the shot.  However, in rare instances, the use of an improper gauge or length needle can also cause injury… Read more »

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM A SHOULDER INJURY WHEN GETTING A FLU SHOT OR OTHER VACCINATION

As detailed in prior entries, shoulder injuries can occur after the administration of a flu shot or other vaccination.  Typically, these injuries are caused from poor needle placement by the person administering the vaccine, use of an improper gauge or size needle, or a localized reaction to the vaccine serum itself. The Advisory Committee on… Read more »

Tips for Reducing Risk of Shoulder Injuries from Flu Shot

A recent study published by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada provided tips for reducing the risk of getting a shoulder injury when receiving a flu shot and also corroborated the need for health care professionals to understand how these injuries can happen and to take certain precautions to minimize their occurrence. The… Read more »

CDC Reapproves Flumist for 2018-2019 Flu Season

A United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory committee voted to approve FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, for the 2018-2019 flu season. This marks the first time the nasal spray will return after a two season hiatus in which concerns were raised about its effectiveness, particularly against the H1N1 strand…. Read more »

Early Analysis of Flu Season

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) issued a recent report indicating that the United States is in the midst of an especially severe flu season this year.  In addition to starting sooner than usual, early reports indicate that about half of the states are reporting unusually intense flu activity so far.  According to the CDC,… Read more »

DOES THE FUTURE OF VACCINES INVOLVE SELF-ADMINISTRATION?

Below is a link to an article detailing some interesting initial results from an experimental influenza vaccination that has the potential to be self-administered.  Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have been working on a potentially viable alternative to the traditional intramuscular injection method for vaccine administration.  This alternative involves a… Read more »