Storage and Handling for Pneumococcal 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 pneumococcal 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 pneumococcal 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”
- Consult the vaccine manufacturer and/or your state or local immunization program for guidance
- Store pneumococcal vaccines in the original packaging.
- Discard vaccine vials and syringes using proper medical waste disposal procedures.
- Page last reviewed: December 6, 2017
- Page last updated: December 6, 2017
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