You will need:
Where you give the injection is very important. The medicine needs to go into muscle. You do not want to hit a nerve or a blood vessel. So show your health care provider how you will choose where you will put the needle, to make sure you can find a safe spot.
To give an IM injection:
If you have to give more than one injection, DO NOT put it in the same spot. Use the other side of the body or another site.
To get ride of the used syringes and needles:
Call 911 right away if:
After getting the injection the person:
Call the provider if:
American Academy of Pediatrics. Vaccine Administration. Updated October 2015.
Ogston-Tuck S. Intramuscular injection technique: an evidence-based approach. Nurs Stand. 2014;29(4):52-59. PMID: 25249123
Last reviewed on: 8/22/2016
Reviewed by: Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.