What Makes a Vaccine Refrigerator Different?
Vaccine refrigerators, also referred to as “pharmaceutical-grade” or purpose-built units, are designed and manufactured specifically for the storage of temperature sensitive vaccines such as Influenza, rotavirus and MMRV. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed recommendations around the selection and operation of vaccine refrigerators and freezers, including specific vaccine storage guidelines for VFC (Vaccines for Children) providers. These units can be compact, under-the-counter style or large upright units.
Helmer Scientific offers a full range of vaccine and pharmacy refrigerators and freezers with superior temperature uniformity, recovery and stability. Local alarms, event logging and continuous temperature monitoring help pharmacies and other healthcare facilities meet CDC and VFC guidelines and regulations. In addition, the NSF Joint Committee on Vaccine Storage has been working to create a standard for vaccine refrigeration engineering controls to help ensure vaccines are stored safely under real-world conditions. Ensure that your temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals, medications and vaccines are protected with professional, medical-grade refrigeration.
Prepare for Emerging NSF Standards
The CDC toolkit currently does not provide specific performance criteria for cold storage. There are also no published standardized testing protocols or product certifications for vaccine refrigerator performance to help clinicians understand the true performance of vaccine storage equipment. The NSF Joint Committee on Vaccine Storage has been working to create a standard for vaccine refrigeration engineering controls to help ensure vaccines are stored safely under real world conditions.
The draft standard is designed to ensure vaccine storage equipment has appropriate temperature performance to safeguard vaccines in all potential storage locations and under varying load conditions.
Preparing to Receive Vaccines
Now is the ideal time to evaluate your vaccine storage strategy to ensure your practice is ready to receive, handle and administer increased doses of vaccine.
Proper vaccine storage and handling is essential for successful vaccination programs.
Make sure you have enough storage to receive initial shipments and add additional storage as needed. Be prepared to receive multiple shipments, and ensure that all individuals who will be storing or handling vaccines are thoroughly trained.
For your convenience, we have created a convenient checklist to guide your preparation.
Eliminate Costly Temperature Excursions
When vaccines are stored at the wrong temperatures, they may no longer be effective and re-vaccination may be necessary. Know the manufacturer recommended temperature needed to remain efficacy to ensure you have the right type of storage units.
Storing vaccines at the proper temperatures helps you:
- Maximize patient vaccination rate
- Eliminate the need to re-vaccinate (due to temperature excursions)
- Avoid possible false immunization due to an ineffective vaccine
- Reduce vaccine wastage
Vaccine Refrigerators from Helmer Scientific
Appropriate cold storage is vitally important. The right cold storage solution helps your facility address vaccine demands and requirements.
GX Solutions, professional medical-grade pharmacy and vaccine refrigerators take safe and effective vaccine storage to new levels.
Focusing on temperature, noise, and energy management, GX Solutions are the first cold storage solutions to optimize all three areas and offer a professional, medical-grade solution.
GX Solutions help eliminate costly temperature excursions with superior temperature uniformity; keeping temperatures within +/-1°C throughout the unit; offer faster recovery after prolonged door openings; and create fewer deviations from the set point, avoiding rapid, significant changes in temperature which could put vaccines at risk for temperature excursions.
Powered by OptiCool™ technology which pairs variable capacity compressor (VCC) technology and natural hydrocarbons (HC) refrigerants, GX Solutions support current CDC guidelines for safe vaccine storage. In addition, GX Solutions have been designed to meet the new NSF standards. In testing, the performance of Helmer Scientific vaccine refrigerators exceeded the draft testing protocol that simulates real-world, clinical vaccine conditions.
Download our Vaccine Storage Readiness Guide for a complete overview of the CDC guidelines, emerging NSF standards, and how GX Solutions can help your facility rise to the challenge.
Other Vaccine Storage Solutions
In addition to GX Solutions Vaccine Refrigerators, Helmer Scientific Offers a full line of -30°C laboratory freezers and -86°C Ultra-low Temperature Freezers, ideal for the storage of frozen vaccines. These units offer superior temperature uniformity and reliability along with access control options to safeguard vaccines.