Advice from the Incredible Hulk

It seems that even the Incredible Hulk is not immune from SIRVA injuries as actor Lou Ferrigno recently revealed he was hospitalized after a vaccine shot for pneumonia left fluid in his bicep.  This occurrence was reported after the star of the Incredible Hulk series recently tweeted out a photo of himself from a hospital… Read more »

Pharmacist’s Advice for Avoiding SIRVA Injuries

Below is a link to an article appearing in the CBC News. In it, the author relays some advice he or she received from a pharmacy professor at the University of Waterloo for reducing the likelihood of developing a SIRVA (Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration) when receiving a flu shot.  The primary advice communicated… 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 »

Recent SIRVA Vaccine Injury Article

Below is a link to an article detailing the injuries and experiences of a Minnesota woman who received a flu shot at the pharmacy of her local grocery store.  Like most people, she was advised that she would have soreness in her shoulder for a couple of days after the shot.  However, she began to… 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 »


According to the CDC, vaccine effectiveness during the 2015-2016 flu season was 47%, but for the 2014-2015 season, effectiveness was just 19%.  Variances in effectiveness from year to year can be caused by a variety of factors. As detailed in prior blog entries, each year before the flu season begins, a vaccine is made based… Read more »


Ever wonder how officials make predictions on an upcoming flu season or how particular flu vaccines are chosen?  There are ongoing surveillance sites around the world collecting samples from people who have the flu.   This information is then submitted to a central panel organized by the WHO (World Health Organization).  Then the WHO, based on… 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 »


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 »