Lou Ferrigno fans say nothing can stop their favorite 1970s superhero after he was hospitalized for a vaccine shot complication.
On December 12, “The Incredible Hulk” posted on Twitter and Instagram a picture of himself in Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with an IV in his arm after a pneumonia shot went wrong.
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Went in for a pneumonia shot and landed up here with fluid in my bicep ?? . I’ll be ok but it’s important that you keep an eye on who’s giving the shot and make sure they not only swab the spot correctly but that you watch the needle come out of the package ??♂️ . . . #neveradullmoment #tips #shots #hospitalvisit #louferrigno #illbeok
Following the incident, the 67-year-old former bodybuilder warned fans about the dangers of having a vaccine shot improperly administered. Ferrigno wrote:
Went in for a pneumonia shot and landed up here with fluid in my bicep.
I’ll be ok but it’s important that you keep an eye on who’s giving the shot and make sure they not only swab the spot correctly but that you watch the needle come out of the package
He told Inside Edition that he went to a Rite Aid for the vaccination and believes an unwrapped plastic syringe was used and may have been contaminated. The actor explained:
“My whole arm got filled with fluid. It looked like something out of a horror film.”
“I really believe that the syringe might have had some bacteria.”
Dr. Armand Dorian of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital offered his medical opinion. He told the network:
“This vaccine is a dead virus, there is nothing there that will cause an infection. The infection is happening from the skin or unsafe delivery methods.”
Ferrigno didn’t specify which one he received; however, according to the CDC, one of the vaccines can cause mild swelling, pain or tenderness, and redness.
In a statement, a representative from Rite Aid told Inside Edition that the company takes Ferrigno’s situation very “seriously.” The spokesperson said:
“We have conducted a thorough review of this matter and are confident that all protocols were appropriately followed. Patient and customer safety is a top priority at Rite Aid.[…]All patients are provided with information about immunizations, including possible side effects.”