Storage and Handling for Pneumococcal Vaccines
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.
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.