Safe injection practices and waste management


Influenza vaccine is comparable to other vaccines with regard to safe injection practices and waste management.

If provided through seasonal campaigns rather than year-round routine delivery, influenza vaccine will put temporary stress on waste management. Managers should plan to integrate the ordering and distribution of injection and waste-disposal equipment with the management of other vaccines used in the country (Toolbox).

Health-care worker training must include safe injection practices in order to prevent re-use and needle-stick injuries. The WHO guideline on the use of safety-engineered syringes for intramuscular, intradermal and subcutaneous injections in health-care settings provides information and tools for avoiding unsafe practice issues.


Safe management of wastes from health-care activities.
Second edition. Geneva: World Health Organization: 2014.

Vaccine volume calculator.

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