Vaccine storage & handling toolkit
Published Date:June 2016
Corporate Authors:National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (U.S.)
Description:Tips for using the toolkit -- Introduction -- Vaccine cold chain -- Staff -- Vaccine storage equipment and temperature monitoring equipment -- Vaccine inventory management, transport, and preparation -- Emergency vaccine storage, handling and transport preparations -- Vaccine storage and handling standard operating procedures (SOPs)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (referred to throughout this document as “the toolkit”) brings together best practices from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations*, product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies . Implementing these best practices and recommendations will help protect your patients, safeguard your vaccine supply, and avoid the unnecessary costs of revaccination and replacing expensive vaccines .
Proper vaccine storage and handling has been an important factor in preventing and eradicating many common vaccine-preventable diseases . Yet, each year, storage and handling errors result in revaccination of many patients and significant financial loss due to wasted vaccine . Failure to store and handle vaccines properly can reduce vaccine potency, resulting in inadequate immune responses in patients and poor protection against disease . Patients can lose confidence in vaccines and providers if they have to be revaccinated because the vaccines they received may have been compromised .
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