Vaccine storage is vital to maintaining the accuracy and efficacy of the vaccines administered today. Whether it be in a doctor’s office, medical research facility, hospital or outpatient clinic, vaccine storage requires reliable monitoring to verify the correct temperature and environmental conditions. Vaccines can be ruined due to careless handling, and without proper monitoring could be administered ineffective. Regulatory organizations perform standard audits to examine procedures for vaccine storage. To ensure your storage methods meet required guidelines, follow these five steps.
1. Timing. Before you even begin the storage methods of vaccines, establish a schedule for ordering, whatever type of vaccines it might be. For instance, vaccinations for the flu season can begin as early as August. If you are a healthcare provider, determine when you will begin to administer the vaccine and build out a calendar from that. Vaccines have a shelf life, and their efficacy diminishes beyond it; ordering a supply of vaccines to sit on the shelf for an extended period won’t bode well.