Store and Handle Vaccines Appropriately
Ensure vaccines are stored and handled properly, maintaining cold chain throughout the day. Consider how long vaccines can remain at room temperature and how to track expiration times. It is important that flu vaccines are NOT exposed to freezing temperatures, as this may render the vaccine ineffective.
If a clinic will be held outside, total time using off-site vaccine storage should be limited to a maximum of 8 hours, although consideration should be given to transporting needed vaccines every 1-2 hours from your practice refrigerator. The preferred option for vaccine storage is a portable vaccine refrigerator with a temperature monitoring device.
- Any temperature reading outside the recommended ranges in the manufacturers’ package insert is a temperature excursion and requires immediate attention.
- Rotate vaccine stock and check for expired doses regularly. Arrange vaccine stock so that doses with the earliest expiration times are placed in front of those with later expiration times.
Vaccines should be handled and prepared in a designated area. Before preparing the vaccine for administration, check expiration dates/times and confirm that the correct vaccine has been selected.
Refer to the AAP Vaccine Storage and Handling for additional guidance.
More information can be found on CDC’s Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit and Vaccine Storage and Handling Resources.