Golden Oldie Q&A advises on gloves and vaccinations

By: October 12th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

The “Ask the Experts” Web page of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) consistently provides good advice on a variety of immunization matters including those dealing with occupational safety and health.

IAC recently featured the most common questions under the heading of “Golden Oldies” in the October 1 issue of IAC Express.

One of the “Golden Oldies” concerned healthcare workers wearing gloves when giving immunizations. Here is what the IAC experts had to say:

Q: Is it necessary to wear gloves when we administer vaccinations?

A: No. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations do not require healthcare personnel to wear gloves when administering vaccinations, unless the healthcare worker is likely to come into contact with potentially infectious body fluids or has an open lesion on her or his hand.

If a healthcare worker chooses to wear gloves, he or she must change them between each patient encounter.

Click here to read the other “Golden Oldies” from the Oct. 1 issue.


Many readers of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults
consistently rank “Ask the Experts” as their favorite
feature in these publications. As a thank-you to our loyal
IAC Express readers, we periodically publish Extra Editions
with “Ask the Experts” Q&As answered by CDC experts.

IAC thanks William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Andrew T.
Kroger, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists at the National
Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, for
agreeing to answer the following questions.

Usually we publish “Ask the Experts” Q&As about cutting-edge
topics, featuring questions that arise with new vaccine
licensures and recommendations. In this “golden oldies”
edition, however, we have collected vaccination questions
most commonly asked by healthcare professionals. Although
the topics are not new, they continue to be a source of
confusion as evidenced by the calls and emails to IAC.


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