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February 25, 1983

Injection Technique in Infants-Reply

Author Affiliations

Centers for Disease Control Atlanta

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1007. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320015017

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In Reply.—  Dr Silber properly questions the appropriateness of the photograph that was included in the article entitled "TV Report on DTP Galvanizes US Pediatricians." We agree with him that the anterolateral aspect of the thigh is the location of choice for immunization of infants and regret that the photography showed an incorrect procedure. The photograph published was furnished from stock photographs at the Centers for Disease Control. We have now destroyed the remaining stock of this photograph to ensure that similar errors do not occur in the future.We share the views of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which states the following in the most recent Red Book:Injectable vaccines should be administered in an area as free as possible of opportunity for a local neural, vascular, or tissue injury. In the past, the upper, outer quadrant of the buttocks was frequently selected