Pneumonia Shot Fells Hulk Actor Ferrigno

67-year-old actor is OK now, but he says routine shot sent him to the hospital
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2018 6:30 AM CST
Lou Ferrigno arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 4, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The Incredible Hulk was feeling pumped up this week—but with IV fluid, not testosterone-induced rage. On Wednesday night, Lou Ferrigno posted on social media a picture of himself wearing a green hospital gown (naturally) and hooked up to an IV in a medical center in Santa Monica, Calif., noting he "went in for a pneumonia shot and landed up here with fluid in my bicep." The 67-year-old actor implied someone administered the shot (apparently a vaccine, USA Today notes) the wrong way, warning others to "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."

Although Ferrigno didn't say what shot he received, People notes that, per the CDC, there are two types of pneumonia vaccines, both suggested for older adults and one of which can produce swelling at the site where the shot was given. All appears to be well now with the star: On Friday morning, he tweeted a picture of himself hanging out with Rocky actor Dolph Lundgren and others at an MMA event the night before in Los Angeles. (Ferrigno's wife was one of many who lobbed accusations against Bill Cosby.)

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