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Vaccine quality is the shared responsibility of all handlers of vaccines from the time a vaccine is manufactured until administration. Emphasis on the importance of good policies and procedures, frequent and on-going training of staff, proper equipment and maintenance will help all staff provide high quality vaccines and reduce waste caused by improper storage.

Even with proper education and training, vaccine losses and recalls continue to occur throughout the DoD due to improper storage and handling. According to the CDC, "improper storage is the most common vaccine delivery problem they encounter." Vaccines, like all temperature sensitive products need to be kept at the appropriate temperature range in order to protect our Service members and beneficiaries. Failure to adhere to recommended specifications for storage and handling of immunizations can reduce their potency, resulting in an inadequate immune response and protection of our patients. Good storage and handling procedures at all vaccine delivery locations ensures we always provide our patients the highest quality of care.

The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (May 2014) is a comprehensive resource for...
The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (May 2014) is a comprehensive resource for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. It includes considerations for equipment both storage units and thermometers, strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories.
Author: Military Vaccine Agency
The success of military vaccine programs depends heavily on vaccinators understanding, following, and implementing proper vaccine storage and handling practices to ensure vaccine potency and stability. Military and civilian medical staff that administer immunizations in clinics, medical homes, and other facilities play a critical role in improving the health of Service members and beneficiaries. The purpose of this document is to assist immunization clinics and other healthcare facilities to properly store and handle vaccines.
This is a 4 module online course (note that the second module has been split in two parts), plus quiz, that will provide military healthcare personnel that administer immunizations with the proper vaccine storage and handling procedures that should be followed to ensure vaccine potency and stability.
SB 8-75-11; Section 3-57:  Temperature Sensitive Medical Products (TSMP) Storage and Handling (pg 3-49)
Author: Services
Joint Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard publication (AR 40–562, BUMEDINST 6230.15B, AFI 48–110_IP, CG COMDTINST M6230.4G)
Author: Lee
Defense Logistics Agency Regulation (DLAR) 4145.21
Department of Army Technical Bulletin (TB) MED 284/TBD*
NAVSUPINST 4610.31B
Air Force Joint Instruction (AFJI) 41-208/TBD*
07 Jan 13

Sample Q&A: Vaccine Handling

What are the guidelines for storing vaccine during off-site clinics?
Ideally, vaccines should be stored at the recommended temperatures inside a properly functioning storage unit (e.g., refrigerator, freezer) at the off-site clinic. If such a unit is not available, the vaccine must be maintained in a validated storage container as described above with a thermometer. During the off-site clinic, keep the storage container closed as much as possible and check and record the temperatures a minimum of every hour.
Department of Health and Human Service; Office of Inspector General
MMQC-12-1086 10 Feb 12
VAXICOOL AX27L EQUIPMENT INVENTORY ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT
Military Vaccine Agency
New shipping package for VARIVAX from Merck Vaccines (replacing the use of dry ice with 6 refrigerant packs)
New shipping package for ZOSTAVAX from Merck Vaccines (replacing the use of dry ice with 6 refrigerant packs)
Recommendations of the Advisory Committeeon Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Storage and Handling of Immunobiologics (pg 17)
Cold Chain Management Processes and Procedures for all Medical Temperature Sensitive Products
SB 8-75-11; Section 3-57:  Temperature Sensitive Medical Products (TSMP) Storage and Handling (pg 3-49)
MMQC-12-1086 10 Feb 12
VAXICOOL AX27L EQUIPMENT INVENTORY ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT
MMQC-11-1681 28 Oct 11
PROPER TEMPERATURE STORAGE AND HANDLING REQUIREMENTS FOR REFRIGERATED VACCINE.
The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (May 2014) is a comprehensive resource for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. It includes considerations for equipment both storage units and thermometers, strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories.
Military Vaccine Agency
Author: Military Vaccine Agency
The success of military vaccine programs depends heavily on vaccinators understanding, following, and implementing proper vaccine storage and handling practices to ensure vaccine potency and stability. Military and civilian medical staff that administer immunizations in clinics, medical homes, and other facilities play a critical role in improving the health of Service members and beneficiaries. The purpose of this document is to assist immunization clinics and other healthcare facilities to properly store and handle vaccines.
Staff can easily confuse the vaccines within the storage unit. Labeling the bin where the vaccine is stored can help staff quickly locate and choose the correct product – perhaps preventing a vaccine administration error.
Author: Military Vaccine Agency
The success of military vaccine programs depends heavily on vaccinators understanding, following, and implementing proper vaccine storage and handling practices to ensure vaccine potency and stability. Military and civilian medical staff that administer immunizations in clinics, medical homes, and other facilities play a critical role in improving the health of Service members and beneficiaries. The purpose of this document is to assist immunization clinics and other healthcare facilities to properly store and handle vaccines.
CDC Pink Book, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (April 2011), 12th Edition
2012 Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Disease Series CDC
Video: VaxiCoolVaxiCool (01:38) 21 Jul 11
AcuTemp Model #AX271
Video: VaxiPacVaxiPac (01:14) 21 Jul 11
AcuTemp Model #PX11
Watch this video to learn about: setting up your vaccine storage process, ways to avoid ruining expensive vaccine, resources for improving your vaccine handling, examples of temperature tracking devices

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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