CDC Updates Guidlines for Vaccine Storage and Handling

October 24, 2012 - 1:14pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventation (CDC) has updated their interim vaccine storage and handling equipment guidelines. Several important changes have been made to previous recommendations issued by the CDC, including:

  • Use of a biosafe glycol-encased probe or a similar temperature buffered probe rather than measurement of ambient air temperatures
  • Use of digital data loggers with detachable probes that record and store temperature information at frequent programmable intervals for 24 hour temperature monitoring rather than non-continuous temperature monitoring
  • Use of stand-alone refrigerator and stand-alone freezer units suitable for vaccine storage rather than combination (refrigerator+freezer) or other units not designed for storing fragile biologics, such as vaccines
  • Discontinuing use of dorm-style or bar-style refrigerator/freezers for ANY vaccine storage, even temporary storage
  • Weekly review of vaccine expiration dates and rotation of vaccine stock

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