Vaccines are given to people in multiple ways.
They can, depending on the vaccine, be:
- injected into a muscle (IM)
- injected under the skin (SQ)
- sprayed in your nose (intranasal)
- ingested (oral)
No vaccine is directly injected into the blood stream.
Getting the route correct, especially if a vaccine is supposed to be ingested vs injected is important if you want it to work properly.
The other time you may hear the ingested vs injected issue come up is when someone argues that vaccines are dangerous because you are injecting toxins into a child’s bloodstream.
Of course, this is a poor argument because there are no toxins in vaccines and vaccines aren’t even injected into the bloodstream.
For more information:
- Injection vs Ingestion. Myths and Facts.
- Ask the Experts: Administering Vaccines
- Administering Vaccines : Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size
- Understanding How Vaccines Work
- Is There a Difference Between Aluminum That Is Injected vs. Ingested?
- The Zombie Apocalypse or vaccine myths that won’t die
- 8 Reasons You Are Wrong About Not Vaccinating Your Daughter
- Basic vaccine chemistry – help for science deniers
- Cries the antivaccinationist: Why are we injecting TOXINS into our babies?