Flu vaccine (Adm sub-q in deltoid area?)

  1. 0 I had a flu vaccine administered in my deltoid Monday night at work. I'm pretty sure the nurse used a subq sized needle....I know it was a very small needle. I didn't question her because she's been a nurse for a few years and I figured she knew what she was doing. However, when the needle penetrated, it didn't hurt at all, but after she pushed the med....OUCH! I also saw some of the med leak out. Now I have a huge bump on my arm, it hasn't gone away. I put ice on it that night but it's not getting better. I'm of average size and don't have much fat on my arm.

    Any thoughts? I know, I should have said something about such a small needle, but I'm a new nurse and I figured this experienced nurse knew what she was doing. Apparently not!
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    Somebody please tell me if you've ever had experience with this.
  4. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    OK we can't give medical advice but for a few years I have given flu jabs and the syringes came prepared with needle and it was a small needle. Some do have local reactions and can be sore but if you are worried about yourself you need to speak to your own doctor.
  5. Visit  PedsAtHeart profile page
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    I have seen nurses give the Flu shot SQ, personally I go with nothing smaller than a 1 inch needle, but I have seen them actually give it SQ in the fat on the tricep, not even near the deltoid, and these were older experienced nurses. But from what I understand, unless they have changed it recently, Flu vaccines are IM. If you are still having problems, contact your DR. Hopefully it will still be effective.
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    Quote from britney_RN
    I had a flu vaccine administered in my deltoid Monday night at work. I'm pretty sure the nurse used a subq sized needle....I know it was a very small needle. I didn't question her because she's been a nurse for a few years and I figured she knew what she was doing. However, when the needle penetrated, it didn't hurt at all, but after she pushed the med....OUCH! I also saw some of the med leak out. Now I have a huge bump on my arm, it hasn't gone away. I put ice on it that night but it's not getting better. I'm of average size and don't have much fat on my arm.
    Any thoughts? I know, I should have said something about such a small needle, but I'm a new nurse and I figured this experienced nurse knew what she was doing. Apparently not!
    Here is a link to the CDC which explains everything you need to know http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaxadmin.htm (when I give IM's I push the med kind of slow to give it time to disperse-it hurts less that way)


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