Why is the flu shot administered IM?
Most vaccines should be given via the intramuscular route into the deltoid or the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. This optimises the immunogenicity of the vaccine and minimises adverse reactions at the injection site.
How do you administer a flu shot?
Intramuscular injections are administered at a 90-degree angle to the skin, preferably into the anterolateral aspect of the thigh or the deltoid muscle of the upper arm, depending on the age of the patient (Table 6-2). The needle gauge for intramuscular injection is 22-25 gauge.
Is flu vaccine IM or IV?
Influenza virus vaccine should not be given via intravenous administration or subcutaneous administration, it is for intramuscular (IM) administration only, with the exception of the intradermal Fluzone products. All other formulations should not be given by intradermal administration.
Where does the flu vaccine get injected?
Medical professionals administer the “flu shot” vaccine as a single dose of liquid injected through the skin into muscle (intramuscular or IM). Typically, health care professionals inject the flu vaccine into the deltoid muscle at the side of the arm, using alcohol rubbed over the skin for sterilization.
How do you administer a flu shot in the deltoid?
The needle should be held at a 90 degree angle to the arm, with the thumb and forefinger in a V keeping the deltoid muscle visible during the injection.
Do you pinch skin for IM injection?
Insert needle at an 45o angle to the skin. Pinch up on SQ tissue to prevent injecting into muscle.
At what angle do you give an IM injection?
Use a needle long enough to reach deep into the muscle. Insert needle at a 90° angle to the skin with a quick thrust. Multiple injections given in the same extremity should be separated by a minimum of 1″, if possible.
Is it OK to get flu and shingles vaccine at same time?
Answer: It is safe to receive the Shingrix (shingles) and influenza (flu) vaccines (given by injection) at the same time.
What are the two types of flu shots?
Two types of influenza vaccine are widely available: inactivated influenza vaccines (IIV) and live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIV). Traditionally, influenza vaccines (both IIV and LAIV) have been produced to protect against 3 different seasonal influenza viruses (also called trivalent vaccines).
Can you give a flu shot IV?
The package inserts that accompany influenza vaccine and the manual Facts and Comparisons (St Louis, Facts and Comparisons Inc, 1980) advise that the vaccine should not be administered intravenously (IV).