Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1/1617
Title: Vaccine storage in pharmacies on the Central Coast of New South Wales
Authors: Lewis, Peter R ;Reimer, Robert F 
Issue Date: Apr-1998
Source: Volume 22, Issue 2, pp. 274 - 275
Journal title: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Abstract: Pharmacies on the Central Coast of NSW were surveyed to assess the ability of refrigerators used for vaccine storage to maintain the recommended temperature range (2 to 8 degrees C). Refrigerators used for vaccine storage were monitored over a 3-day period using a temperature data logger. Fifty-nine (59) retail pharmacies were identified. The response rate was 90% (53/59) and 52 refrigerators were monitored successfully. Only 10 (19%) of the refrigerators maintained temperatures wholly within the recommended range for the 3-day monitoring period. The remaining refrigerators were considered in three groups--refrigerators keeping temperatures in the range 0.1 to 11.9 degrees C, below 0 degree C and above 8 degrees C for most of the time. There were 15 (29%), 12 (23%) and 15 (29%) refrigerators in these groups respectively keeping temperatures in the recommended range for 91%, 19% and 30% of the time. Of the refrigerators achieving temperatures below 0 degree C, none went below -5 degrees C and on average they kept temperatures less than 0 degree C for 49% of the time. This survey highlights the need for vigilance in vaccine storage for immunisation programs to be successful. Of the vaccines affected by freezing, hepatitis B vaccine was identified as being most at risk.
URI: https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/1617
Pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9744193
ISSN: 1753-6405
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Public Health
Appears in Collections:Public Health / Health Promotion

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