FDA says no to jet injector flu shots

By: October 24th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The FDA, in an October 21 announcement, is advising healthcare professionals not to use injector devices when administering flu shots, and recommends that all vaccines, including influenza, be administered in accordance in accordance to label instructions.

“Influenza vaccines have been approved only for administration by needle injection or nasal mist sprayer. They have not been evaluated for delivery by jet injection,” according the FDA announcement.

The announcement specifies:

  • Currently, there is only one vaccine, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), that is approved for administration by jet injector.
  • The FDA has no data to support the safety or effectiveness of other vaccines delivered by jet injector.
  • At this time, there are no vaccines for the prevention of influenza disease that are approved by the FDA for administration by jet injector.
For questions, contact the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Office of Communication, Outreach and Development at 1-800-835-4709, or ocod@fda.hhs.gov.

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