Cold Chain for Vaccines

A cold chain must ensure that vaccines, from the manufacturing process through to patient immunization, are maintained at the required temperatures.

Friday, June 22, 2012

From the 52nd edition of ACAIRE Journal by the Colombian
Association of Air and Refrigeration:

Vaccines are highly sensitive biological substances, whose condition and effectiveness become compromised over time and they are especially affected by exposure to heat (in some cases, at low temperatures), sunlight and fluorescent lights.

Once they lose their properties, these vaccines become irrecoverable, so it is essential that distribution, storage and administration processes are carried out under controlled temperatures.

The cold chain must ensure that vaccines, from manufacture through to immunization of the patient, are maintained at the required temperatures. The following table shows the stages of the cold chain with the general temperature recommendations given by the World Health Organization (WHO).

-National Airport: Facilities for Product Storage in transit (2 ° to 8 ° C)

-Primary vaccine storage: Cold storage (2 ° to 8 ° C) and freezing chamber (-15 ° to -25 ° C)

Intermediate vaccine storage: cold room (2 ° to 8 ° C) and freezing chamber (-15 ° to -25 ° C)

Intermediate vaccine storage: Refrigerators (2 ° to 8 ° C) and freezers (-15 ° to -25 ° C)

Health-Center: Refrigerators (2 ° to 8 ° C) and cold packs

-Health Post: Refrigerators (2 ° to 8 ° C) and cold packs or transport of vaccines


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