'Med-E-Jet' inoculation gun, United States, 1980

Made:
1980 in Cleveland
maker:
Med-E-Jet Corporation
Med-E-Jet inoculation gun, in carrying case, by Med-E-Jet Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980. Gun in the foreground, Med-E-Jet inoculation gun, in carrying case, by Med-E-Jet Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980. Images of gun, black

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Med-E-Jet inoculation gun, in carrying case, by Med-E-Jet Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980. Gun in the foreground,
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Med-E-Jet inoculation gun, in carrying case, by Med-E-Jet Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980. Images of gun, black
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Med-E-Jet" inoculation gun, in carrying case, by Med-E-Jet Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980. This gun was designed to make mass immunisation more efficient. It enabled the user to give many people a small dose of vaccine or drug and was used during the smallpox eradication campaign. The medication is forced through the skin at high pressure without using a needle. The gold coloured handle holds a carbon dioxide gas cartridge to supply the power, and the white part protruding from the top of the gun holds the vials of vaccine. In the event, the very simple bi-furcated needle was generally preferred to this hi-tech approach.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1981-1398
Materials:
metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (case open): 265 mm x 312 mm x 334 mm, 1.072 kg
gun: 35 mm x 187 mm x 247 mm, .58 kg
type:
inoculation gun
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • drug
credit:
Speedfeed Injection Systems