Elisabeth Cassayre got a shot at her local pharmacy, and the pain in her arm began that night. It refused to go away. Days, then months passed as she couldn’t lift her right arm, couldn’t hang up clothes, couldn’t pick things up. “I remember thinking: I’ll never be able to make an apple pie for my grandchildren,” says the retired schoolteacher.Doctors now have a name for Cassayre’s condition: shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA, caused by a vaccine injected too high up on the arm. The prolonged pain and stiffness of SIRVA is distinct—in other words, much worse—than typical soreness from shots.
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