Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Ensure proper precautions when handling needles

Over the last few weeks the National Centre for Farmer Health has seen numerous needlestick injuries, particularly with vaccines that use mineral oil as the adjuvant (irritant).

 It can have a very harmful effect on humans if it is accidentally injected, scratched or finds its way into your eyes or mouth. When using oil based vaccines (such as Gudiar,Vibriovax, Pilligard), ensure proper precautions.

 Always use one handed vaccine technique, restrain animals, remove needles with pliers and dispose of needles in an appropriate container. If injury occurs seek medical attention.

Read more about Farmer Needlestick Injuries—Risk & Recommended Treatment here.