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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 this has happened and ask them to file an "Adverse Event" report with VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). You can also file a report yourself at VAERS, see the related link to the VAERS site in the related links section below.

Just to be sure it was incorrectly administered, there is a new vaccine for the 2011-2012 flu season approved for use in the US that is given intradermally (in the layers of the skin). That vaccine is specially formulated to be given differently than the vaccines for IM (intramuscular) injection. There is no approved subcutaneous formulation approved in the US. Find out which vaccine you were given and confirm that it was administered by the incorrect route.
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Can flu shots be given in the thigh?

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In an adult, as long as it isn't in the same arm on the same day, and there is no allergic reaction, it will likely cause no problems. The worst might be more than usual soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site.

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Is the flu shot administered subcutaneously?

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 approve (MORE)

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

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Where can you get flu shot?

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Some meds, like insulin, cannot be swallowed as it won't allow for absorption in the stomach. Giving meds "subQ" will ensure the medicine is absorbed into the system.

What if flu shot was not given in the muscle?

If it were given in the subcutaneous tissue, it will not hurt, but may not be effective or as effective. Ask your health care professional if you should have a second vaccination. Another vaccination would not hurt you, either. If it were given by any other method or administration route besides (MORE)

What degree is a subcutaneous injection given?

For humans, it's best to give a subQ injection at 90 to 45 degrees. Ninety-degrees is best if you have tented 2 inches of skin. Forty-five degrees only if you have tented one inch of skin. For livestock though, it is best to give subQ shots at a 30 to 45 degree angle relative to the surface of th (MORE)

Should flu shot be given with expired needle?

Any medicine or medical supply that has an expiration date that has been passed, should not be used. In this example, the needle may be unsafe due to loss of sterility over time.

Can flu shots be given in the Gluteal area?

They can be, but usually aren't. This is mostly because many people get red and tender tissue at the site of the injection for a few days after the shot. It is much easier to deal with that soreness in a location like the arm that doesn't need to be sat upon.

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

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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)

Why can't a flu shot be given sub q?

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