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CDC updates online vaccine storage guide

OSHA Healthcare Connection, May 6, 2008

The CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases has updated the online

Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit, reports Immunization Action Coalition Express, April 28.

Not following recommended storage and handling specifications can reduce vaccine potency, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars worth of vaccine each year in the United States, according to the CDC.

The toolkit, which is free, covers the following:

  • Cold chain
  • Storage and handling plans
  • Vaccine personnel
  • Storage equipment
  • Storage practices
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Storage troubleshooting
  • Selected biologicals
  • Inventory management
  • Vaccine shipments
  • Preparation and disposal

The CDC reminds facilities storing vaccine that the toolkit does not replace state health department policies but rather is meant to supplement them.

 

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