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Accidental self-injection requires immediate action
Startvac vaccine contains as adjuvant liquid paraffin, which is a mineral oil. Accidental injection may result in severe pain and swelling, particularly if injected into a joint or finger, and in rare cases could result in the loss of the affected finger if prompt medical attention is not given.
Medical advice must be sought immediately in case of accidental self-injection even if only a small amount is injected. It may be necessary to open and rinse the site of accidental self-injection, especially where there is involvement of finger pulp or tendon. The package leaflet contains also instructions for physicians and it should therefore be shown to the physician.
Similar irritating adjuvants have been previously used in e.g. fish vaccines.
For more information / advice on vaccine, please contact:
Karoliina Alm-Packalén, Researcher, tel. +358 (0) 40–486 0052
Miia Jakava-Viljanen, Special Researcher, tel. +358 (0) 50–3510308
Liisa Kaartinen, Head of Research Unit, tel. +358 (0) 40–840 7364