needle too short for flu vaccine?

  1. I'm a new nurse. I had a really busy day at work. While I was in the middle of doing so many things I think I used the wrong needle to give a flu vaccine. Ugh why did I do it!? I realized afterward that I used the 23 guage 1 inch needle I believe. I gave the flu vaccine with 23 gauge 1 inch needle to a husband and wife. /we use this needle on kids usually. The husband barely had any meat on his bones while the wife easily had atleast 1-2 inches of fat on her arms. im freaking out. what will happen to them if the needle is too short?? is this oK? or will there be serious issues??
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   netglow
    chill kiddo. Nothing is going to happen to them.
  4. by   SaoirseRN
    I regularly give IMs to adults with a 1 inch needle, particularly in people who don't have a lot of padding, particularly when using the deltoid site. There shouldn't be a problem.
  5. by   pixiestudent2
    There is a commercial on tv advertising the flu shot with a short needle... Can't recall the name though.
  6. by   kiszi
    a 5/8" needle can even be used on many people for a deltoid.
  7. by   nurse2033
    If it's in her arm it will be absorbed and metabolized.
  8. by   amoLucia
    Sounded like an OK needle size for them.
  9. by   liveyourlife747
    I looked it up on the CDC website today and they recommend a 1 to 1.5 inch needle in adults but said a 5/8 inch could be used. So you are good!.
  10. by   Quit Floating Me
    I always use 23g 1inch needles for flu and pneumonia vaccines.

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