By: Catherine J. Frompovich
06 September 2010
There are numerous vaccine-related injuries reported in VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) that federal government agencies maintain to track such injuries.
VAERS is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to its website.
Vaccine damage reports can be made in three formats:
- Online at Instructions for Completing the VAERS On-Line Form
- By faxing a request to (877) 721-0366
- By mail: Mail a completed VAERS Form to VAERS, P.O. Box 1100, Rockville, MD 20849-1100. A pre-paid postage stamp is included on the back of the form.
During the September 2-3, 2010, Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines meeting held in Rockville, Maryland, we heard of a “new” type of vaccine injury that is surfacing that these agencies want to track. It’s called Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or SIRVA, for which the CDC and FDA are working on a reporting protocol and information bulletin. The damage centers on the shoulder and/or upper arm where a vaccine was administered. Many people complain of experiencing tremendous pain after receiving a vaccination. Sometimes there is an inability to use the affected arm.
Some of the symptoms and/or diagnoses can be: arm pain, shoulder pain, shoulder dysfunction, frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder bursitis, and brachial neuritis.
Interestingly-and according to those who are working on the new project-all those complaining about SIRVA had no prior shoulder problems to receiving a vaccination. Within 24 hours of the injected vaccine, 93 percent had suffered shoulder pain with 54 percent complaining of immediate pain.
According to those damaged, they believe the vaccination was given too high up on the arm and resulted in limited range of motion, pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness.