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A SHOT IN THE ARM -- NOT THE BUTT
October 2002
KELLY P. CHU, MD, of Victoria, BC, wonders, "Why is there a difference between vaccination in the gluteal vs deltoid regions?"
Vaccines that must be administered intramuscularly (IM) are often more reliably delivered into the deltoid area than the gluteals simply because there's a greater chance that the needle won't successfully get through the additional adipose tissue generally found in the buttocks. DM
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