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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

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Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Temperature

  • 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

Storage

  • Store pneumococcal vaccines in the original packaging.

Disposal

  • Discard vaccine vials and syringes using proper medical waste disposal procedures.

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