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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Subcutaneous Injection

09/30/2009

Question:

I suffer from a bleeding disorder and my doctor said that I must have my vaccines injected subcutaneously, not intramuscularly. Why is that? Does this have something to do with my bleeding disorder?

Answer:

Subcutaneous injections are more superficial and less likely to induce bleeding. The vaccine should really be just as effective though given subcutaneously.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University