Ok so we are now on a antibiotic hold and cycling them as well as antibiotic holidays. When I still gave IM shots we would scrub from site to about 3 inches outward, then cover. Any little vector can turn into the one horrible absess with all the strep and staph on our skin. We don’t give as much antibiotic before a surgery to be safe anymore, since in hospital infection is at epidemic proportions. So what about the little swab, I always try to use as sterile a technique as possible, don’t poke in bathroom, did for years, but don’t now, and the worst is shaving😩 I hate the phase of growback and have made it about a month, looks and feels bad. But , follicle infection can get ugly. We can do our best. Shower before, use a bacterial cidal, poke and scrub with a baterialcidal after. A bandaid could be reasonable but could colonize on the pad, so maybe the ones with neomycin or bacitracin on them to shoot our ugl lab made shit deep into our muscle! Sounds funny. Just know our immune systems, the way we eat, etc fight off a possible infection better than alcohol but it’s good practice, scrub though. Evidence goes back and fourth.