Safety Vaccination

The standard method of administering vaccinations is unsafe for the clinician providing the service.  The medication is aspirated through a needle into a syringe.  The needle is then injected into the patient and removed.  The sharp needle must then be destroyed or discarded safely.  New technologies are available that provide a delivery system that meets OSHA's revised bloodborne pathogen's standards and minimize unnecessary exposure.

Smallpox vaccinations

With the potential of biological warfare, it is important that countries have the ability to vaccinate entire populations against diseases like smallpox.    Historical methods of vaccination, however, can create a problem for healthcare workers and others.  New technologies exist that can prevent these needlesticks from happening.

bifurcated needle

Bifurcated Smallpox Needle

BD Eclipse Bifurcated Needle

BD Eclipse™ Bifurcated Needle

A highly efficient safety-engineered needle that is the medical device of choice for either large-scale Smallpox immunization campaigns or emergency responses.

Remove the seal from the vial.  Make sure that Gloves are always worn.  Place needle into vial of smallpox vaccine.

On withdrawal, a droplet of vaccine is contained between the tines.  The droplet will contain the recommended dose of vaccine, and its presence within the prongs of the needle should be confirmed visually.

Apply the vaccine according to institutional guidelines or vaccine manufacturer instructions.  Immediately activate pink safety cover as follows:

Using the same hand, center thumb or forefinger on the finger pad area of the pink safety cover.  Push the pink safety cover forward toward the needle until you hear and/or feel it lock.

Visually confirm that the needle tip is covered.  Discard the needle immediately in an approved sharps disposable container.

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