Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) –Are you on target?
Shoulder pain can be described as a transient side effect of vaccine administration. In some cases, acute onset of shoulder pain and limited range of movement may suggest local injury to structures within the shoulder joint.
Bursitis of the shoulder joint is one of the most common clinically reported diagnosis, usually confirmed by ultrasound. Inflammation of the bursae, called bursitis, can cause localised pain, pain worsened by movement, stiffness and increased pain at night.
This review highlights the importance of educating Immunisation providers on correct vaccine administration and offers some tips on how to avoid a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration.
The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre has a range of interesting case studies and other educational articles written by SAEFVIC, the Victorian vaccine safety service. Case studies include vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunisation.
Read the Case Series of Bursitis cases reported to SAEFVIC.