CDC MMWR: Rotavirus Vaccine Administration Errors; Reminders to CliniciansCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 01/31/2014 11:58 AM EST
In the January 31, 2014, issue of CDC’s MMWR, “Rotavirus Vaccine Administration Errors” looks closely at reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) of administration of rotavirus vaccines by injection. VAERS found 39 reports of incorrect administration of rotavirus vaccines by injection and 27 reports of eye splashes. The report reminds clinicians that rotavirus vaccines should not be injected into a child. Vaccine providers should follow instructions in package inserts (Rotateqand Rotarix) on proper administration using the manufacturers’ oral applicator devices (squirted gently and slowly into the child’s cheek).
To view the report in its entirety, click here.
CDC offers a number of educational resources to help providers improve how their practice administers vaccines:
- “Make No Mistake: Vaccine Administration, Storage, and Handling”
- ACIP’s General Recommendations on Immunization
- Immunization Encounters video
- Vaccine administration appendix in the Pink Book
- Vaccine administration in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (sessions 1-3)
- Interactive module: General Recommendations for Immunization “You Call the Shots” series
- Onsite state health department training