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POST 01029E : USE OF ETHANOL FOR VACCINE INJECTIONS Follow-up on Post 01029E 8 January 2007 _______________________________________ Only one contribution was received so far following Jedeth Mamora's question, from Anil Varshney ( from India. I couldn't find much information on the topic but I thought that use of alcohol was contra-indicated in the case of live attenuated vaccines. Has anyone got precise up-to-date information? _______________________________________ This practice is common for many years for all injection so as to sterlize the skin area before injection be it IV IM ID SC, and is being followed in small clinic to large hospitals for immunization. It's important that the site is clean and which could even be done with plain water. Use of alcohol hardens the skin. It is unlikely to have any effect on vaccine efficacy as the vaccine is injected in the body and alcohol is on the skin surface. After application, wait for it to dry before injecting. The practice is more to ensure that the skin is clean. Dr Anil Varshney, India ______________________________________________________________________________ All members of the TechNet21 e-Forum are invited to send comments on any posting or to use the forum to raise a new discussion or request technical information in relation to immunization services. The comments made in this forum are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not in any way mean that they are endorsed by any of the organizations and agencies to which the authors may belong. ______________________________________________________________________________ Visit the TECHNET21 Website at You will find instructions to subscribe, a direct access to archives, links to reference documents and other features. ______________________________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to : Leave the subject area BLANK In the message body, write unsubscribe TECHNET21E ______________________________________________________________________________ The World Health Organization and UNICEF support TechNet21. The TechNet21 e-Forum is a communication/information tool for generation of ideas on how to improve immunization services. It is moderated by Claude Letarte and is hosted in cooperation with the Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement, Québec, Canada ( ______________________________________________________________________________

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