The safe storage of the Flu Vaccine in your office is extremely important. You want to make sure that the flu vaccination remains viable until it is administered to your patients. The Flu Vaccine can be very sensitive. If it is not stored at precise temperatures, the entire batch could be rendered useless. Generally the GSK FluLaval can be left at a temperature of approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 72 hours and remain viable.
Upon arrival to the office the Flu Vaccine needs to be placed in a refrigerator at 35 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Too cold or too warm will ruin the batch of flu vaccine. Also, it is important that the flu vaccine does not touch the sides of the refrigerator, remain near the air vents, or is placed in the door or drawers – the temperatures in these areas can be vastly different from the temperature in the middle shelves where there can be plenty of air circulation. The Flu Vaccine is also sensitive to light, so be sure to keep it in its original packaging. It also might be important to have an emergency backup plan in case of a power outage or malfunction.
By remaining vigilant about your shipment of flu vaccines and checking on the temperature of the refrigerator twice per day, you will be ensuring that it is remains safe and effective when administering to your patients.