Storage and Handling for Meningococcal 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 meningococcal vaccines.
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 meningococcal vaccines 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.
- Store meningococcal vaccines in the original packaging.
- For meningococcal vaccines that require reconstitution (Menveo®), diluent and vaccine are packaged together and should be stored together in the refrigerator.
- For meningococcal vaccine that requires reconstitution (Menveo®), do NOT use if the reconstituted vaccine cannot be resuspended with thorough agitation.
- Diluents for Menveo® contain antigen and should only be reconstituted with the corresponding lyophilized vaccine provided by the manufacturer.
- 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: May 19, 2017
- Page last updated: May 19, 2017
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