Can you give a flu shot wrong?

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    Today I gave a pneumovax injection in a patient's right arm with no issues. Then as i was giving her the flu vaccine in her left arm she said OUCH very loudly and then proceeded to ask if I had done it correctly or if it would even work now. I think she may have clenched the muscle as I was about to inject the vaccine. I usually push these pretty slowly and amuser I was in the deltoid muscle. Any other suggestions for better technique or other tricks to make people a little happier.
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    I usually get the flu shot every year without issue. This year the shot that was given had the H1N1 vaccine with it, and it hurt like heck (I almost cried [I know, I'm a wimp]). It hurt for 3 days after the shot, too.
    Everyone I know that received the shot said it hurt a whole lot, too.
    So maybe it was just the vaccine itself and not so much the technique.
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    I have to agree with MissCharlieRN. I got the flu shot recently and was in pain for a few days afterwards.
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    Can you give it wrong? Sure.. if you give it SQ to the face or something

    The pain of the initial shot is going to be dependent on what random nerves you hit on injection and the tolerance of the recipient. Some will hurt a little, some a lot, some a medium amount. The pain afterword is going to pretty much be the same for everyone as the inflammatory process takes over in a larger, in relative terms to the initial injection insult, area. This larger inflammation is going to trigger pain in everyone.
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    I agree with the other posters. All the nurses at my hospital just attended a nursing fair at our hospital and each nurse who got the flu shot said it hurt like heck this year and for a week afterward. My arm had a huge red spot on it as well.
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    my arm hurts still ... 3 days later. the nurse giving it said alot of people had commented on how much it hurt this year
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    "I usually push these pretty slowly and amuser I was in the deltoid muscle."

    rom what I was taught, when you're giving an intramuscular injection you do it quickly.

    I don't know why they hurt though. ugh.
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    Quote from cocoashade
    "I usually push these pretty slowly and amuser I was in the deltoid muscle."

    rom what I was taught, when you're giving an intramuscular injection you do it quickly.

    I don't know why they hurt though. ugh.
    I think she meant she pushes the plungers slowly, which you are suppose to do. Darting motion with the needles, slowly push the plunger/medication.
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    I received my flu shot the other day and it didn't hurt afterwards more than any other IM injection I've ever received in my arm.
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    Experience I had on the receiving end was back in school when we were doing IM injections on each other with normal saline. I had taken 2 shots and had sat for my third (only guy in class and not afraid of needles).
    I felt so bad for the student who injected me last because her technique was flawless, felt little to no discomfort, but when she was pulling the needle out I think she "touched" a nerve. My deltoid actually "rolled" on its own accord and I felt like a jolt of electricity had run down my arm to my wrist. The needle actually bent into an arc because my muscle rolled so quickly and violently.
    Never had that happen before or since. I admit I winced and let out a gasp which just tore the other student up. I explained to the instructor what I think happened and she concurred so the other student still got her check off on IM's.


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