Vaccine Storage & Handling

Clearly written, detailed and up-to-date storage and handling standard operating procedures will help your facility stay organized, serve as a reference and training tool to assure proper vaccine management. At a minimum, Vaccines for Children (VFC) Providers are required to complete, sign and date this document annually or when there is a change to the plan. The storage and handling procedures should include protocols that are utilized by the clinic staff for routine and emergency storage and handling.


Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit

The updated and redesigned Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit for health care providers and other interested health careBee Wise Musclebee professionals is now available on the CDCs website.

This helpful resource provides best practices related to vaccine storage and handling based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies.

The toolkit's new design allows health care providers to quickly and easily find the information they need to ensure the most up-to-date storage and handling procedures are followed.

Adjustment to CDCs Recommended Fahrenheit Temperature Range for Refrigerated Vaccine Storage

The 2016 Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (PDF) reflects the recent adjustment in CDCs guidance on the Fahrenheit temperature range for storing refrigerated vaccines. The new recommended Fahrenheit temperature range is 36 degrees Fahrenheit to 46 degrees Fahrenheit (previously 35 degrees Fahrenheit to 46 degrees Fahrenheit). The Celsius temperature range (2 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius) remains unchanged, as stated in all manufacturer package inserts for routinely recommended vaccines. If you have any questions related to vaccine storage and handling, please email the CDC.

Report to the Kansas VFC Program

To submit Reports to the Kansas Vaccines For Children Program: