Research for infection protection

Hygienic vaccination: how to get it right

Whether for whooping cough, flu or – as is the case currently – COVID-19: The purpose of any vaccine is to protect the vaccinee (and the community) from infectious diseases. However, as vaccination is always an invasive procedure, the risk of infections at the injection site, although low, cannot be completely eliminated. All steps must be performed under strict hygienic conditions to ensure that germs, for example on the skin or on work surfaces, do not enter the body of the vaccinee and cause infections.

We have drawn up a "Hygienic vaccination" SOP for you, which acts as a clear, step-by-step guide through the vaccination process. The SOP is based on the recommendations of the German Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) [1] as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [2]. We have colour-coded the individual steps to make it immediately obvious which products are required when:

Green: You need a suitable surface disinfectant

Blue: You need a suitable hand disinfectant

Orange: You need a suitable skin antiseptic product

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Infographic: How to administer vaccines hygienically

 

 

 

 

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Sources:
1. German Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Hygiene requirements for puncture and injections. Federal Health Gazette 2011;54: 1135–1144.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Administration. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/admin/admin-protocols.html, last accessed 14.01.2021