The swine flu vaccines, their preparation and administration: a practical guide for health professionals (avalable but Archived material)
Download the FAQs listed on this web directory in Portable Document Format - updated 24 November 2009 http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/@sta/@perf/documents/digitalasset/dh_109258.pdf Frequently asked questions: - Why do these vaccines come in multi-dose vials? Why are fixed-needle syringes being issued for the vaccination programme? Is it OK to use the same needle and syringe to both draw up and administer the vaccine? Does piercing the bung blunt the needle? Should the bung of the vial be swabbed with an alcohol wipe before each use? What are the infection control implications of the use of multi-dose vials? Can vaccines be pre-drawn up into the syringes with fixed needles ready for use in a clinic session? Is the vaccine stable for storage in a plastic syringe? If either vaccine product is removed from the fridge to reach room temperature, can it be returned to the fridge for use on another occasion? When mixing Pandemrix®, should all the contents of the vial containing the adjuvant be added to the antigen-containing vial? There appears to be more than ten doses of vaccine in the vial. Is this normal and can the additional vaccine be administered? What should I do if I forget to add the adjuvant to the antigen and only administer the antigen? What should I do if I forget to add the adjuvant to the antigen and only administer the adjuvant? Which batch number should be recorded on the individual records and on the patient’s appointment cards? Can swine flu vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines? Is there a minimum interval between administering the swine flu vaccine and childhood vaccines if they are not given at the same time? Is there a minimum interval between administering the seasonal flu vaccine and the swine flu vaccine if they are not co-administered? Can the vaccines be administered to people who have an allergy to latex? Does the skin need to be cleaned before the vaccine is administered? When the vaccine is administered into the muscle, is there any need to pull back on the plunger (aspirate) before the plunger is depressed to release the vaccine? Can a healthcare assistant/healthcare support worker (HCA/HCSW) administer the flu vaccine?