Is the flu shot administered subcutaneously?

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No, it is an intramuscular (IM) injection, usually given in the upper arm (Deltoid muscle) in adults and the thigh in young children and babies. Babies can not receive vaccinations for the flu until they are 6 months old. There is no upper age limit for use of IM flu vaccines in the vaccines approved in the US for the 2011-2012 flu season.

Another vaccine with a new injection route has been developed and is approved for use in the US, it is called Intradermal (ID) and is injected with its own syringe in between the layers of the skin. This type is also especially good for needle averse individuals since the needle on the syringe is very short and small. Intradermal vaccinations are approved by the FDA in the US for those aged 18 through 64. (See also more information in the related question below.)

And there is also a vaccine to be administered as a nasal mist for healthy patients age 2 to 49, in the US.
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Can you get the flu after a flu shot?

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If you have the flu will the flu shot work?

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If you have the flu already will a flu shot work?

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Should you get the flu shot first or the Swine Flu shot?

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Which hurts more a flu shot or a swine flu shot?

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Do you have to get a flu shot?

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Can you have both a seasonal flu shot and a Swine Flu shot?

Yes you could, there would be no medical reason not to, as in the 2009 - 2010 flu season when both were administered, often at the same time. However, in the 2012 - 2013 flu season in the US, the swine flu vaccine is included in the seasonal flu vaccinations that are trivalent and one is quadrava (MORE)

How do you administer the Swine Flu vaccine?

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Where does the flu for the flu shots come from?

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Who has to get the flu shot?

Anyone who does not want to be sick with the flu or give it to people close to them who would not tolerate being that ill, such as infants, senior citizens, those with certain diseases that have compromised their immune systems, etc. Also, in the US, some health care workers in some states where (MORE)

Can you get the flu shot after you have had the flu?

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Where can you get flu shot?

A LOT of places give flu shots. Pharmacies, Instant Care Units in stores like grocery stores, doctor's offices, etc. However, some places may not have a nurse available so you have to be over 18 years of age to get a flu shot there.

Does the flu shot really prevent the flu?

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Why get flu shots?

For protection against catching and being sick with the flu. See the related question below about how vaccinations work.

Can you get the flu shot after i have had the flu?

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Can you give a horse with the flu a flu shot?

In general, no - most veterinarians will not vaccinate a horsewith a fever because the immune system typically doesn't react aswell to the vaccine. It is usually better to wait until a few daysafter the fever breaks and the infection is resolved before givingvaccines.

Is it common to get the flu when you have had a flu shot?

No, unless a different type of flu than those in the vaccinationcomes into play. There are also some other more isolated reasonsthis could happen, but it still is not common in most flu seasons.See the related question below for some of the reasons this couldhappen. If you have a compromised immune (MORE)

Can you get the flu if you had a flu shot?

Yes, you can. There are, at any given time, at least a dozen strains of flu. A flu shot protects against, usually, two or three of these. You can still catch any of the others. See also the related question below for more details of reasons you might still get the flu even though you had a va (MORE)

Does a flu shot work if given subcutaneously?

Most of the flu vaccines for injection are designed to be given in the muscle tissue. If your injection was given with the wrong length needle and it ended up in the subcutaneous tissue instead of the muscle, it may still provide some immunity. Check with the clinician who gave you the shot, or with (MORE)

Is flu vaccine intended for intramuscular or subcutaneous injection?

Typical injected flu vaccines have been given parenterally only by the IM (intramuscular) administration route until the 2011-2012 season in the US when a new type of vaccine has been approved and added to the "arsenal". There is now an injection that is administered using an ID (intradermal) route. (MORE)

What if your flu shot was given subcutaneously?

It may give you symptoms of irritation at the site of the injection and be more sore. It may give an incomplete immunization. It will likely not do long term harm, but, in the US, you should contact the management at the place where you received the injection incorrectly so that they are aware that (MORE)

If you are allergic to a flu shot will you die if you get a flu shot?

Yes you could if the allergy is severe enough and no treatment is immediately available when signs of reaction occur. In most types of vaccines, that is the most common reason for a death following a vaccination. But, that type of severe anaphylactic reaction is still rare. Some people have aller (MORE)

Do people get the flu if they get a flu shot?

They can. Flu vaccinations are not 100% effective in all people and the vaccine must match the virus types circulating to prevent that type of flu exactly or very close for it to work. See the related questions below for more details.

What is better flu shot or flu mist?

Flu Shots are better in the sense that they are over very quickly, and don't have much pain. But, flu mist is just as good as flu shots, but are instead much less comfortable.

Can you get a flu from a flu shot?

Yes you can because flu shots and any other vaccines work like this: they take a sample of the disease/virus. They get it to a weak form. After they do that, they cool it, store it, and test it. Then they inject that weak virus/disease into you so your body can learn how to create antibodies or buil (MORE)

Can flu infection be prevented if you do not get flu shots?

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How is a subcutaneous injection administered?

A subcutaneous injection is administered in shot form in the fatty layer that exists between the skin and muscle. It is generally used by people injecting insulin to combat diabetes.