Each day, your pediatrician should be checking off their list…vaccine storage safety. A recent government study showed that not all vaccine providers ensure proper storage of their vaccines raising concerns that improper storage may reduce the effectiveness of a vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control sets strict guidelines for vaccine storage that all medical offices are required to follow.
Here's how it works in my office. Vaccines arrive daily in temperature controlled containers. Some vaccines need to be kept cold while others are to remain frozen until they are used.
The temperature of vaccines needs to be monitored from the time they leave the manufacturer, during shipping and when they arrive and are stored in the doctor's office.
Vaccine expiration dates need to be monitored and expired vaccines should be discarded immediately! The refrigerator and freezer temperatures should be recorded at least twice daily, and there should be a back up power or alarm system in case of a power outage.
If you're concerned about vaccine storage safety, talk with your pediatrician and ask them to give you a peek inside their vaccine storage refrigerators. It will put your mind at ease. I'm Dr. Sue with The Kid's Doctor helping parents take charge.