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What is the preferred anatomic site for administration of inactivated influenza vaccines (IIV) and recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV)?

IIV should be administered in the anterolateral thigh muscle of an infant or young child. IIV and RIV (approved for people age 18 years and older) should be administered in the deltoid muscle of an older child, adolescent, or adult. The anterolateral thigh muscle can also be used for an older child, adolescent, or adult if necessary. It is critical that intramuscular influenza vaccine be injected into a muscle. Influenza vaccination season is an opportune time to review proper intramuscular injection techniques with your staff. Immunize.org has prepared a printable document on how to administer intramuscular vaccine injections (available at www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2020.pdf) that can be used as a staff training tool.

Last reviewed: September 10, 2023

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