Everybody involved in vaccine storage and handling – from when a vaccine is manufactured right up to when it’s given to a patient – is responsible for protecting the vaccine by maintaining the “cold chain.” This means storing it at the correct temperatures for the entire life of the vaccine.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has updated storage and handling guidelines for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccines for Adults At Risk (VFAAR) programs. Click here for the full advisory.

Paper Temperature logs

Start using this the new log now. Please review the instructions to make sure you are documenting temperatures correctly.

Vaccine Management Plan

Print this out, fill in all the relevant information for your practice, and keep it near the vaccine storage plan.

Everybody involved in vaccine storage and handling – from a vaccine’s manufacture right up to its administration to a patient – is responsible for protecting the vaccine by maintaining the “cold chain.” This means storing it at the correct temperatures for the entire life of the vaccine.

The vaccine management plan ensures that you have a plan to protect the viability of VFC/VFAAR vaccines.

Emergency Vaccine Management Plan

Print this out, fill in all the information for your practice, and keep it near your vaccine storage units. Fax Page 1 to VFC/VFAAR at 215-238-6948 now, and whenever you make updates.

Out-of-range Temperature Response Form

If your vaccines are exposed to out-of-range temperatures, use this form to determine if you can still use the vaccines, – and to report your findings to us.