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Is it safe to give a child immunizations in the butt?

My doctors nurse gives the child immunization shots in the butt I heard this is not safe for the child is that true, and if so why?
In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Sep 1, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

It is very safe.  Using the buttocks often depends on the age and some vaccinations are to be given in the arm or fatty tissue.  There is a large nerve called the sciatic nerve which originates in the central buttock and must be avoided in deep injections. Ask your physician or the vaccinator why they use that area.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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