The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released their 2016 Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit, the guidance is informed by recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), scientific studies, and product information from vaccine manufacturers.

The toolkit provides information to assist in the proper storing and handling of vaccine supplies, including:

  • Storage and temperature monitoring equipment and setup
  • Vaccine temperature and storage equipment monitoring
  • Vaccine inventory management, transport, and preparation
  • Emergency storage, handling, and transport
  • Vaccine storage and handling standard operating procedure development

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Reflecting the CDC’s guidance, there has been a slight adjustment to the recommended temperature range for storing refrigerated vaccines. The new guideline recommends a temperature of between 36°F and 46°F (the previous recommendation was between 35°F and 46°F).Furthermore, the thermostat should be set at mid-range (about 40°F), which decreases the likelihood of temperature excursions.

For specific, detailed storage and handling protocols for particular vaccines, the toolkit advises to always refer to the manufacture’s product information and package inserts, or to contact the manufacturer directly.

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