How is measles vaccine given?

  1. Add 5 ml of diluent to the 10 ml vial of the vaccine. Do not use alcohol or ether to clean the top of the vial as this may kill the virus. If kept cool and out of direct sunlight, the reconstituted vaccine will last up to 8 hours.
  2. Use a new syringe and new 23 gauge needle for each patient.
  3. Give 0.5 ml of the vaccine by intramuscular injection into outer side (lateral aspect) of the right thigh. Clean the skin with soap and water.
  4. Always discard any remaining vaccine at the end of the day. Do not keep vaccine overnight.

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