If you reuse multiple-dose vaccine syringes, follow these cleaning guidelines
to help minimize injection-site infections. Dee Griffen, veterinarian with the
1. Scrub the external syringe surface with soap, water and a brush.
2. Rinse the syringe’s internal components, including tubes and connectors, with distilled water that is near boiling point (180 F.) Do not use soap or disinfectants. Their residues may kill modified-live vaccines. Draw boiling water into the syringe and squirt it out three to five times. Let the syringe cool before use.
3. Store the newly cleaned syringe in a dust-free, dry environment. Consider storing it in a new zip-lock bag in the freezer.
4. Boil vaccine transfer needles and allow them to cool before use. Store needles in a new zip-lock bag in the freezer.