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Vaccine Storage and Handling

The California Department of Public Heath Immunization Branch has many training and information resources for providers to help them effectively store and manage their vaccine inventory.

EZIZ Online Immunization Skills Curriculum

The EZIZ Online Immunization Skills Curriculum has three lessons on storage and handling:

  1. In the Storing Vaccines lesson you will learn how to:
    • Prepare refrigerators and freezers before storing vaccine in them
    • Organize vaccines for effective inventory management
    • Store vaccines in refrigerators and freezers
    • Avoid having expired vaccines
    • Avoid accidental power loss to vaccine storage units
    • Safeguard refrigerator and freezer power supplies
  2. In the Monitoring Refrigerator Temperatures lesson you will learn how to:
    • Read a vaccine thermometer
    • Identify recommended temperatures for vaccine refrigerators
    • Identify temperatures that are not acceptable for vaccines stored in refrigerators
    • Respond appropriately to temperature readings that indicate that the vaccine may have been stored at temperatures that are too low or too high
    • Record temperatures on a vaccine refrigerator temperature log
  3. In the Monitoring Freezer Temperatures lesson you will learn how to:
    • Identify recommended temperatures for vaccine freezers
    • Identify temperatures that are not acceptable for vaccines stored in freezers
    • Respond appropriately to temperature readings that indicate that the vaccine may have been stored at temperatures that are too high
    • Record vaccine temperatures on a vaccine freezer temperature log

Vaccine Storage and Handling Job Aids

Below are vaccine storage and handling job aids available on EZIZ.  All job aids are in PDF format and open in a new window unless otherwise specified. 

Refrigerator and Freezer Setup

  • Refrigerator Buying Guide
  • Preparing for Vaccine Storage: Refrigerator Setup
  • Preparing for Vaccine Storage: Freezer Setup
  • Storing Vaccines: Freezers
  • Storing Vaccines: Refrigerator-only Unit
  • Storing Vaccines: Combo Unit
  • Safeguard Your Power Supply
  • Do Not Unplug Sign
  • Monthly Care of Vaccine Storage Units
  • Vaccine Coordinator
  • Monitoring Temperatures

  • Acceptable Temperatures for Vaccines
  • How to Record Refrigerator Temperatures
  • How to Record Freezer Temperatures
  • Refrigerator-only Temp Log: Fº |
  • Freezer-only Temp Log: Fº |
  • Combination Temperature Log: Fº |
  • Celsius to Fahrenheit Conversion Chart
  • Transporting Vaccines

  • Transporting Refrigerated Vaccines
  • Inventory

  • Vial Mixup Chart: Tdap | Flu
  • Vaccine Inventory Form | Drop-down menu version
  • Usage Log
  • Return/Transfer of VFC Vaccine
  • California VFC Equipment Requirements

  • California VFC Equipment Requirements
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    Last modified on: 6/7/2012 10:44 AM