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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Subcutaneous Injection



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?


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