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Twin Cities Woman Undergoes Arm Surgery After Flu Shot

Posted On: Oct 12, 2018   |   Posted By: CBS

MINNEAPOLIS - A Twin Cities woman says she had to have surgery after getting a flu shot.
The condition is called SIRVA, which stands for “Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.” It can happen when a shot is injected too high or too deep into the shoulder.
Jacalyn Broze got her flu shot in 2017 like she did every other year, but this time it was different.
“I always get a flu shot,” Broze said. “Within 24 hours, I knew something... wasn't right.”
She had extreme pain in her shoulder. The grocery pharmacy where she got the shot told her it could be normal temporary soreness. But weeks later, her chiropractor noticed her right shoulder and arm were sloping. She saw several doctors before she got an answer.
“The surgeon had me do another MRI, and everything had fallen off. A complete tear of the rotator cuff,” Broze said.
She was told she had SIRVA - an injury to the muscle that occurs when a vaccine is administered improperly.
Dr. Elliot Francke has been a physician specializing in infectious...

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