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.

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.”

He added:

“I really believe that the syringe might have had some bacteria.”

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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.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends two kinds of pneumonia vaccines for adults 65 or older.

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.”
Ferrigno did not comment on his recovery.

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3 Replies to “‘Incredible Hulk’ Actor Lou Ferrigno Has Warning for Fans After Vaccine Shot From Rite Aid Goes Wrong”

  • MariaRose 2 years ago

    Based on the actual story, it was the procedure in which the shot was administered which was the problem that caused the reaction he got. I always ask how good and confident the person feels about giving the shots as you have to be trained plus I watch how they unwrap all items needed for giving the shot, (sterile needle, gloves, etc). I only look away at the last minute prior to being given the shot.

  • Mary Guler 2 years ago

    Statistically, injections administered by pharmacists ranked highest in injuries caused by poor vaccination technique. An injection into the deltoid (upper arm) should be placed two finger-breaths below the shoulder joint. Needless to say, a sterile, never before used syringe should always be used. Ask questions, and ask the person administering the injection to touch your arm in the place injection will be placed, so you know it’s not too high up on your shoulder. If injured, know that the federal government has a compensation court. If you’ve been injured, research “vaccine injury” to learn more. It can happen to anyone!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This vaccine is known to the CDC as causing PNEUMONIA, and other illnesses. They just don’t want to tell anyone. 18 months ago I got the same shot (I’m same age as Lou) within 1/2 hr I had a temp of 104.9 105 causes brain damage if you have it for long. For 2 days I was delirious. 3rd day went to MD and gee, I had pneumonia. for 6 months they treated pneumonia with antibiotics. Cough and wheezing still have and just got out of hospital with another case of pneumonia and almost intubated. MD’s say Oh, you can’t get blah, blah, blah from vaccine. Vaccines are good for 98% of people. But 2% of everybody is a lot of people. These are deadly chemicals we are injecting into muscles and it can cause disease in that muscle or something worse. Always be your own advocate.

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