Jet Injectors = Jet Infectors
February 21, 2016
How many times have you clicked on a government link for jet injectors and received a 404 Not Found Error?
Over the years our government has whitewashed the severity jet injectors posed upon those who received these vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention once had an entire webpage devoted to needle-free injection technology. Although the site, http://www.cdc.gov/nip/dev/jetinject.htm, has since been long taken down. This webpage was the creation of Dr. Bruce Weniger and when he left the CDC so did the webpage.
Department of Defense documents citing the withdrawal of jet injectors have been delinked. Some documents were outright destroyed permissible under the authorization of the Secretary of Navy.
“The document you are seeking is required to be destroyed when 5 years old, per Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Manual M-5210.1 for records designated with a Standard Subject Identification Code (SSIC) of 6200. As this document is dated 20 Apr 98, the record is more than 5 years old and has been destroyed; there are no further records within the Naval Medical Logistics Commend that are responsive to your request. We regret Naval Medical Logistics Command is unable to assist you.” (see FOIA Response Letter Here)
All of these government websites and Internet documents that cited the risks and hazards of jet injectors have been whitewashed. Gone. Covered-up. Concealed. Suppressed.
Or have they?
Fortunately through web.archive.org and the talents of devoted researchers these government sites and webpages have been archived, saved, and obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
And abracadabra! They magically reappear (including the DoD document that was purposefully destroyed).
Here is the CDC’s Webpage on Needle-Free Jet Injection Technology, as archived on web.archive.org:
Here are the links to the Department of Defenses withdrawal on jet injectors:
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) needle-free injection policy chronology
• (1997-11-20) Ped-O-Jet® manufacturer (Keystone Industries, Cherry Hill, NJ) notifies Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) (Defense Logistics Agency) of intent to withdraw as device supplier over liability concern for bloodborne disease transmission from multiple-use-nozzle design. Keystone Industries Withdrawal Letter
• (1997-12-05) DoD Medical Materiel Quality Control Program (MMQCP) issues withdrawal of automatic jet hypodermic injection units (MMQC-97-1169). 1997 Ft. Detrick statement
• (1997-12-07) DSCP issues Medical Products Quality Control System (MPQCS) device alert (DSCP 970147) as “cautionary measure”, while noting the absence of bloodborne disease transmission case reports over 35 years of military use (followup MMQC-98-1019 dated 1998-Jan-30). [1998 Automatic Jet Hypodermic Injection Units MMQC-98-1019]
• (1998-01-09) Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB) concurs with withdrawal of Ped-O-Jet® for “routine immunization”, but availability for “public health emergency”. AFEB recommends use of “newer technology” devices with disposable parts for skin contact.1998 (Jan 9) AFEB- Recommendation on Jet Injectors
• (1998-04-20) Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery updates via BUMED notice 6230 its Immunization Requirements And Recommendations document (3.6Mb .pdf) prohibiting jet injector use until otherwise directed. 1998 (April 20) DoD- BUMED 6230-incomplete version
• (1998-04-28) AFEB recommends DoD formulate new needle-free injector specifications and support device research and development. 1998 (Apr 28) AFEB- Recommendation on Jet Injectors
• (1998-07-09) Letter from Dr. Sue Bailey, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, to United States Representative Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV), explaining DoD policy on jet injectors in response to the concerns of a constituent of the Congressman. 1998 Congressman Mollohan Letter & 1998 Sue Bailey DoD Letter
• (1998-1999) Manufacturer discontinuation of large multi-dose vials for yellow fever, meningococcal, and tetanus-diphtheria vaccines because of military withdrawal of Ped-O-Jets® capable of using them (MMQC-99-1248 dated 1998-Nov-03 and MMQC-99-1251 dated 1999-Aug-12). 1998 (Nov 3) DoD MMQC-98-1248 [** MMQC-99-1251 NOT YET FOUND**]
• (1998-11-25) Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery authorizes military use of new disposable-cartridge jet injector (Preventive Medicine Directorate). 1998 (Nov 25) Navy Bureau of Medicine DoD Memo
• Current DoD policies and information available at the Military Immunization Information Source
(1995-11-01) Army Regulation 40–562/AFJI 48-110/BUMEDINST 6230.15/CG COMDTINST M6230.4E report Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis stated “Injector nozzles, visibly contaminated with blood must bebdismantled, changed, and sterilized.” 1995 (Nov 1) BUMEDINST 6230.15 – Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis- ADA403195
(1996-08-23) Navy Regulation COMNAVRESFORINST 6230.1B report enforces those administering jet injectors are properly trained. 1996 DoD – Navy – 62301b
(1997-12-09) Defense Logistics Agency memorandum for Staff Director; Defense Medical Standardization Board concerning Jet Hypodermic Injection Units.
(1999-08) Armed Forces Epidemiological Board’s site visit to MTF Parris Island and observed mass jet injections of recruits in April of 1997. Report cited “jet injector nozzle’s were frequently contaminated with blood, yet sterilization practices were frequently inadequate or not followed.” 1999 AFEB – Report Citing Bloody Jet Injectors and Lack of Sterilization
(2004-12-21) Navy Regulation BUMEDNOTE 6230 use of jet injectors for routine immunization prohibited. 2004 (Dec) DoD – BUMEDNOTE 6230
(2012-01-09) Fort Detrick MMQC-12-1004 FDA updated communication on use of jet injectors with inactivated influenza vaccines. (2012-01-09) Fort Detrick MMQC-12-1004 FDA Update on Jet Injectors