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Immunization Safety

Flu season is here! At this time of year we want to remind healthcare providers administering influenza vaccines to practice injection safety.

To keep participants at vaccination events safe, it is important to ensure all those who are administering the vaccines know about bloodborne pathogen risks, injection safety and vaccine storage.

Keep these recommendations from CDC in mind when setting up vaccination clinics:

  • If available, try to only use manufacturer-filled syringes for large immunization clinics.
  • Draw up vaccines at the time of administration. Do not draw up vaccines before arriving at the clinic.
  • Unused syringes should be discarded at the end of the clinic day if the syringe cap has been removed or the needle is attached

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Hepatitis B and C Outbreaks in California

CDC summarized 44 healthcare-associated outbreaks of hepatitis B and C in non-hospital settings from 2008-2014. Six of the outbreaks occurred in California; 2700 people were notified of possible exposure and 27 patients were found to be infected. The outbreaks occurred in two skilled nursing facilities, two assisted living facilities, a pain management clinic, and an outpatient dialysis clinic. 

Unsafe injection practices that resulted in these infections included reusing syringes, contaminated multi-dose medication vials, and single-dose vials used for more than one patient.

To learn more about hepatitis B and C outbreaks in healthcare settings and how to prevent them click here

Safety Message for Diabetic Patients Using Insulin Pens

Insulin pens should be used only for a single patient. Insulin pens that contain more than one dose of insulin are meant for only one person. If someone shares his/her insulin pen, chances of exposure to bloodborne viruses (hepatitis B, C, and HIV) are extremely high. 

Individuals with diabetes are usually given insulin as an injection under the skin. Insulin pens are designed to permit self-injection and are intended for single-person use.

As you use an insulin pen or monitor your blood glucose level, keep your safety in mind. Wash your hands before testing blood or using insulin pens. This is a necessary step in infection control!

To learn more, click here

Are Your Botox Injections Safe?

Do you know if Botox injections given by your provider are safe? Every unsafe injection can expose you to diseases like hepatitis B or C and HIV. 

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of Botox injections has dramatically increased. In 2013, 6.3 million Botox injections were administered in the United States, up from 790,000 in 2000. 

Only licensed medical professionals are permitted to give Botox injections. Make sure your healthcare provider uses a new needle and new syringe when administering each Botox injection.

For more information from the Medical Board of California, click here 

Are Injections Performed Safely At My Healthcare Facility?

Woman recieving injection

A safe injections one that does not harm the recipient, does not expose the healthcare provider to any avoidable risks, and does not result in medical waste that could be dangerous for the community.

The CDC recommends that healthcare facilities take the following steps to ensure injection safety:

  • Designate someone to provide ongoing oversight for infection control issues
  • Develop written infection control policies
  • Provide training
  • Conduct quality assurance assessments
  • Engage healthcare workers in safety planning
  • Introduce healthcare workers to a safety culture when they are first hired

By following safe injection practices, you can make a positive difference in your healthcare facility! 

State Injection Safety Resources

One & Only Campaign in California

The goal of the One & Only Campaign is to attract those individuals who want to make a difference through safe injection practices. Join the One & Only Campaign and share free One & Only Campaign training materials with your health facility and others.


California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program

The Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program was created by mandate to oversee the prevention, surveillance and reporting of healthcare-associated infections in California's general acute care hospitals. The vision of the HAI Program is to eliminate HAIs for all Californians.