As the 2017 influenza season begins, it is important to remember that you call the shots when it comes to safe vaccination. To promote safe vaccination, CDC is launching a campaign to educate and remind providers about proper influenza (flu) vaccine administration technique to help avoid shoulder injuries and other adverse events.
Get comprehensive vaccine administration information and watch a short video on the correct technique for intramuscular injection. Healthcare providers can earn free continuing education by completing the new vaccine administration e-Learn.
Shoulder injuries like bursitis and tendinitis resulting from improper injection technique are errors that can easily be avoided. These errors are more likely to occur among adults than children.
Getting an annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. CDC’s influenza website offers a variety of free educational materials on the importance of flu vaccination, aimed at both healthcare providers and the general public.