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November 2012
Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC's) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
Check out a recent issue of Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers. The VEC e-newsletter keeps providers up to date on vaccine-related issues and includes reviews of recently published journal articles, media recaps, announcements about new resources, and a regularly updated calendar of events.
CDC Publishes FAQs about New Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines
Published November 2012
In early October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Interim Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Handling, Frequently Asked Questions. Written by CDC experts, these 19 questions and answers (FAQs) give practical information often asked by people who provide immunization services and handle vaccines. The FAQs include these topics:
Is it more harmful for a refrigerated vaccine to be too warm or too cold?
What temperatures are considered excursions (lying outside the acceptable temperature range) for a refrigerated vaccine? A frozen vaccine?
How long does the temperature of the refrigerator have to be out of range to be considered an excursion?
How do I determine the best locations for vaccine placement in a storage unit?
What is the appropriate action to take if I check the temperature and it is out of range?
Is it still acceptable to store vaccines in a combination household refrigerator/freezer unit?
Can I use the freezer compartment of a combination unit to store frozen vaccines?
Does CDC recommend specific brands of vaccine storage equipment?
CDC published these FAQs shortly after releasing Vaccine Storage and Handling Interim Guidance to provide a preview of CDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit, which is planned for release in the next few weeks. The toolkit will address such topics as the types of thermometers to use in vaccine refrigerators and freezers, the importance of digital data loggers, the types of refrigerator and freezer units to select for future purchase, and the need to rotate vaccine stock in refrigerators and freezers to prevent expired vaccines from being administered.
Here are links to many more useful resources related to vaccine storage and handling:
CDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling web section (The toolkit will be available at this site as well.)
IAC's Clinic Resources: Storage & Handling web section
California's EZIZ: A one-stop shop for immunization training and resources
2012 ISSUES >> view all
A New Program for Reporting Vaccine Errors
CDC Publishes FAQs about New Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines
New Recommendations for the Use of Pneumococcal Vaccines in Adults with Certain Health Conditions
One Dose or Two? How Many Doses of Influenza Vaccine Do Children Need in the 2012-13 Season?
CDC Recommendations for Use of Tdap Are Now Simpler! Everyone Age 11 and Older Needs a Dose
JULY 2012
Recording Vaccinations What is Required by Federal Law?
JUNE 2012
Responding to Requests for Personal Belief Exemptions Some Helpful Resources
MAY 2012
Try These Free Email Services to Stay Up to Date on Immunization Information
APRIL 2012
Guidance for Preventing Fainting and Associated Injuries after Vaccination
MARCH 2012
Minimum Ages and Minimum Intervals Between Doses of Vaccines in a Series – Why Does It Matter?
Visit EZIZ.org for Practical Tools on Vaccine Administration, Storage and Handling
This page was reviewed on December 10, 2012
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