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The nurse who is preparing to draw up a dose of vaccine notices that a vial of DTaP vaccine on the countertop does not have a date recorded for when it was opened. Which of the following actions should the nurse take?

1. Use the vaccine but explain to the caregiver that the site may be quite tender.
2. Discard the vaccine according to agency’s policy.
3. Contact the supervisor because this is reportable to the state Board of Public Health.
4. Use the vaccine just for the day and then discard it.


The vial should be discarded according to agency policy. Administering the vaccine does not protect the safety of the client, and it is unnecessary to report this particular incident to the state Board of Public Health. The core issue of this question is safe handling of vaccinations. Use principles of general medication preparation to make a selection.


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