Storage and Handling for Hib Vaccines
One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease
Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play an important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. For general recommendations and guidance, see Vaccine Storage and Handling. Provided below is guidance specific to Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccines.
- Store all Hib-containing vaccine refrigerated between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F).
- Do not freeze vaccine or diluents, or expose to freezing temperatures. If the vaccine has been exposed to inappropriate conditions/temperatures or handled improperly, store the vaccine at the appropriate temperature, isolate from other vaccines, mark “Do NOT Use,” and consult the vaccine manufacturer and/or your state or local immunization program for guidance.
Vaccine Storage and Handling
Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Store Hib vaccine in the original packaging.
- For Hib vaccines that require reconstitution (Pentacel®, ActHIB®, Hiberix®), diluent and vaccine are packaged together and should be stored together in the refrigerator.
- For Hib vaccine that requires reconstitution (Pentacel®, ActHIB®, Hiberix®), do NOT use if the reconstituted vaccine cannot be resuspended with thorough agitation.
- The ActHIB® in Pentacel® should only be reconstituted with the DTaP-IPV liquid provided by the manufacturer.
- Single-antigen ActHIB® should only be reconstituted with the 0.4% sodium chloride provided.
- Hiberix® should only be reconstituted with the 0.9% sodium chloride provided.
- Stock vials of normal saline should never be used to reconstitute these vaccines.
- Discard vaccine vials and syringes using proper medical waste disposal procedures.
- Page last reviewed: November 22, 2016
- Page last updated: April 27, 2017
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