Thousands of people are lining up in southern Illinois to receive Immunoglobulin (IG or Immune Globulin or Gamma Globulin) shots. IG is pooled/plasma-containing antibodies against a number of diseases like measles, rubella, varicella, and Hepatitis A. For protection against Hepatitis A after exposure, it must be given within two weeks of exposure and should be given concurrently with Hepatitis A to develop active immunity. A second dose of Hepatitis A is required six months later.

Side effects after receiving IG may include: muscle stiffness, redness, warmth, pain and tenderness at injection site. Fever, chills, headache, weakness and nausea may occur. If these symptoms continue beyond 48 hours or become bothersome, contact your physician. If skin rash, swelling of hands/feet or face, or trouble breathing develop, contact your doctor immediately. IG may interfere with the immune response to live vaccines, so discuss this with your physician before taking it. If you take IG, you will not be able to donate blood for several months.

In the last several years, the need to get IG shots because of infected restaurant employees or food has happened at a far too frequent rate. Here are some examples of cases we have been involved in where we filed Class Actions on behalf of those that were required to get IG shots:

Carl’s Jr. Hepatitis A Outbreak – Washington – 1,300 IG shots given

Chi-Chi’s Hepatitis A Outbreak – Pennsylvania – 9,000 IG shots given (we also represented the state of Pennsylvania in securing reimbursement for the cost of giving free shots)

D’Angelo’s Deli Hepatitis A Outbreak – Massachusetts – 1,600 IG shots given

Friendly’s Hepatitis A Exposure – Massachusetts – 3,800 IG shots given

Houlihan’s Hepatitis A Exposure – Illinois – 3,000 IG shots given

Quizno’s Hepatitis A Exposure – Massachusetts – 850 IG shots given

  • Art Davis

    IG injection isn’t, or at least wasn’t a fun experience. Just before going overseas with the Peace Corps (Iran) in 1969 we were “Stuck” with 1cc of Gamma Globulin per 20 pounds of body weight. For those of us approaching 200 Lbs. that meant 5cc in the left “Cheek” and 5cc in the right “Cheek”. For the next 48 hours it felt like one had been hit on both “Cheeks” with a baseball bat. The stuff, at least what they used then, had the consistancy of honey and required a somewhat larger bore needle than the other vaccinations we received. It was given intramuscular to boot. While in country we all got an additional 5cc every six months or so regardless of body weight. A memory that has lasted 40 years.