February 13, 2016

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Health workers get shots

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 20, 2003

With a few pricks of the bifurcated needle, it’s done.

Rosie Miklavcic has received the smallpox vaccine in less than a minute.

“Did it hurt?” asks Milly Noonan of the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

“Not at all,” responds Miklavcic, public health director for the Franklin County Health Department.

Noonan checks Miklavcic’s non-dominant left arm for blood-flow return to ensure the vaccine penetrated the skin. Since Miklavcic has previously had a smallpox vaccine – the shots were given through the mid-1970s – it takes 15 pricks to ensure the vaccine took. It only takes three pricks for those who haven’t previously had the vaccine.

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