Strive for 5

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. Strive for 5 was 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