Agency: New Jersey nurse reused syringes while giving flu shots

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- New Jersey state health officials say a nurse administering flu shots at a pharmaceutical company reused syringes between 67 patients.

The Health Department said in a statement Wednesday risk of infection is low. Syringes that hold the vaccine, not needles, were reused. Officials recommend testing for hepatitis B and C and HIV.

Officials say it happened Sept. 30 when a nurse with TotalWellness administered vaccines to 67 workers at Otsuka Pharmaceutical in West Windsor.

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TotalWellness says the nurse was a contractor and that it's working with officials to notify patients and get them resources for potential medical risks.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical said in statement it was alarmed at the breach and says employee health is its top concern.

The Board of Nursing says it's gathering information and taking steps to protect the public.