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Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit

At a Glance

The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (November 2012) 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.

Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit.


View or Print Toolkit

Use this link to view or print the Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit [4MB, 135 pages] Nov 2012

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The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the manufacturer's product information and studies from the National Institute for Scientific Technology (NIST). The toolkit outlines best practice strategies and recommendations on:

  • Equipment considerations for storage units and thermometers
  • Maintaining the cold chain
  • Routine storage and handling practices
  • Inventory management
  • Emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories

Note: For more detailed information on storage and handling recommendations and guidance for individual vaccines, please refer to FDA's package inserts easily found on the IAC website. Feb 2013

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