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National Vaccine Storage Guidelines: Strive for 5

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If you are storing vaccines or you are looking at purchasing a vaccine fridge then it is highly recommended that you obtain, read and comprehend The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines which provides information and advice for vaccine storage management. It has been written to assist all Australian immunisation service providers, from medical practices to large hospitals, clinics and outreach providers.

The publication’s title refers to Strive for 5 degrees Celsius (°C) – that is, the point midway between +2°C and +8°C which is the temperature range recommended for vaccine storage. Many vaccines are damaged or destroyed at temperatures outside this range.

These guidelines:

• describe the best approach to ensure that clients receive effective and potent vaccines

• describe the ‘cold chain’ and provide advice on what should be done in the event of a cold chain breach

• include resources such as checklists, charts, posters and stickers

• apply to both purpose-built vaccine refrigerators and domestic refrigerators. If using a domestic refrigerator, refer to Appendix 4. Although these guidelines are copyright, they may be freely reproduced for non-profit purposes, provided the source is acknowledged.

This document outlines the basic principles for safe vaccine management. It is a concise, practical, user-friendly guide to vaccine storage, and is aimed at Australian vaccination service providers. Every medical practice should have a copy of Strive for 5 and everybody who deals with the receival and storage of vaccines should be familiar with it.

Strive for 5 can be downloaded or purchased from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing or you may download it here: National Vaccine Storage Guidelines: Strive for 5