4 Top Vaccine Storage Misses

August 12, 2019
Alex Evans, PharmD, BCGP

Alex Evans works in community pharmacy in Kihei, Hawaii. He is also a PADI assistant scuba instructor.

Vaccine temperature excursions can render the products unusable--and leave your practice with the tab. Here are 4 storage errors to avoid.

A survey of Vaccines for Children program providers in 2012 revealed that over a 2-week survey period “vaccines stored by 76% of 45 selected providers were exposed to inappropriate temperatures for at least 5 cumulaive hours during that period.” Images in the report taken during the survey show vaccines that had been exposed to freezing temperatures, some with ice visible on the box. (continued below).