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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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 subcutane

What if your flu shot was given subcutaneously?

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