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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:10, October, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(10): 408-412

Are Multi-dose Vials Safe for BCG Vaccination of Infants? A Study to Focus on the Microbial Elements of Contamination in a Tertiary Care Hospital of West Bengal, India
Nikhil Kumar Tudu1, Aditya Prasad Sarkar2* and Tapan Kumar Chatterjee3
1Department of Microbiology, Bankura Sammilani Medical College,
Bankura, West Bengal, India
2Department of Community Medicine, Bankura Sammilani Medical College,Bankura, West Bengal, India
3Department of Department of Microbiology, Bankura Sammilani Medical College,West Bengal, India
*Corresponding author

Unsafe injections practices often ushers in unnecessary health hazards and this may be a portal through which infections can be propagated to recipient. With this view a search was done to look into the microbial elements that could have contaminated the multi dose vials of BCG during immunization in a tertiary care hospital. The multidose vials of BCG were collected after their use for immunization In the Immunization clinic of Bankura Sammilani Medical College, West Bengal. In the laboratory of Department of Microbiology of the Institution, swabs were made from the cap and residual fluid left in the BCG vials after immunization, slides were prepared following the basic microbiological norms and a thorough search was done for microbial elements. The multidose vials did not show any microbial element except one which had 2 colonies of Candida was grown which proved to be plate contaminants. It is deducted from the above findings that even the multidose vials, if handled properly are quite safe in the hands of our health care workers at this peripheral post too.

Keywords: BCG vaccine, multidose vial, microbial contamination, tertiary care hospital.

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Nikhil Kumar Tudu, Aditya Prasad Sarkar and Tapan Kumar Chatterjee. 2016. Are Multi-dose Vials Safe for BCG Vaccinationof Infants? A Study to Focus on the Microbial Elements of Contamination in a Tertiary Care Hospital of West Bengal, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(10): 408-412. doi:
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