Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccine potency is the shared responsibility of everyone, from the time vaccine is manufactured until it is administered.
Both the Guidelines for Compliance (PDF) l (DOC) and Refrigerator Requirements outline the MDPH policies regarding storage and handling. For a general review of CDC guidance on storage and handling, see this CDC At-A-Glance reference guide however be aware that some MDPH policies and requirements are different than CDC guidance, such as refrigerator and data logger requirements.
Temperature log and data logger information
- The Fridge Tag 2L Data Logger Infographic and the Fridge Tag 2 Data Logger - Quick Reference Guide review the daily procedures for monitoring temperatures.
- The Vaccine Freezer Temperature Log (Doc) and Vaccine Refrigerator Temperature Log can be used to document temperatures manually.
- MDPH requires keeping track of any temperature excursions and providers can use this sample Temperature Troubleshooting Record (PDF) l (DOC) or their own form.
- To ensure the safety of the vaccines when in transport, MDPH requires providers to follow the Fridge Transport Guideline and Freezer Transport Guideline.