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Safe Storage of Vaccines

Vaccines are a hot topic that is discussed widely in first world countries, from concerned parents to medical professionals and more. Regardless of where you stand on vaccines and whether or not they should be administered to children, we can all easily agreed that vaccines are complex and delicate substances, and for that reason they should be manufactured, stored, and administered with extreme care. That being said, how much do you know about the journey that vaccines go on before they are given to a human being? How are they stored, and how long are they “good for” before they should be thrown out instead of given as a vaccination? It is important to understand these questions when debating vaccines.

Vaccines that are not stored in a pharmacy grade refrigerator are at the risk of losing their potency and effectiveness. If there is an error in the handling and storage process that is involved in vaccines, that can cost not only people who are injected with an ineffective vaccine, but also thousands of dollars in vaccines that must be thrown out.

Vaccines are highly temperature sensitive, which is why they must be stored in the pharmacy grade refrigerators. These scientific freezers keep the live vaccines from deteriorating, which they will rapidly do once removed from storage. Vaccines should not even be removed from the pharmacy grade refrigerators for a short amount of time, because any unnecessary fluctuations in the temperature of the vaccine’s environment can cause damage. Most medical facilites have a stand alone freezer for vaccines only, so that it is only opened or tampered with when vaccines are needed. The vaccine freezer and vaccine storage refrigerators should not experience temperature fluctuations more than five degrees in either direction for maximum stability.

Vaccines are a hot topic that is discussed widely in first world countries, from concerned parents to medical professionals and more. Regardless of where you stand on vaccines and whether or not they should be administered to children, we can all easily agreed that vaccines are complex and delicate substances, and for that reason they should be manufactured, stored, and administered with extreme care. That being said, how much do you know about the journey that vaccines go on before they are given to a human being? How are they stored, and how long are they “good for” before they should be thrown out instead of given as a vaccination? It is important to understand these questions when debating vaccines.

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