The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps in providing vaccines to children when their parents or guardians may be unable to afford them.
This ensures that children have a much better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations. The Vaccines available through the VFC Program are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization and they help protect babies, young children, and adolescents from 16 diseases. To continue to help as many children as possible, the Vaccine Cold Chain is essential to keeping vaccines potent. Too much exposure to heat, cold, or light at any step in the cold chain can damage vaccines, resulting in loss of vaccine potency. Once lost, potency cannot be restored. One of the key elements for an effective cold chain is reliable temperature monitoring equipment.
Think of your storage and monitoring equipment as an insurance policy to protect your patients from inadvertent administration of compromised vaccine, and your facility against costs of revaccination, replacement of expensive vaccines, and loss of patient confidence in your practice. For the best protection, your facility needs appropriate equipment that is set up correctly and maintained and repaired as needed.
"To fully ensure the safety of vaccines, the following equipment is recommended:
Traceable products are calibrated to NIST standards to help you meet quality and regulatory requirements.
|Digital Dataloggers (DDL)|
|Traceable® Certificate supplied (Traceable to NIST)||✔||✔||✔|
|Calibration Report Included||✔||✔||✔|
|Annual Recalibration by ILAC/MRA accredited laboratory available||✔||✔||✔|
|Glycol encased buffered probe||✔||✔||✔|
|Certificate of Calibration includes methods and procedure documentation||✔||✔||✔|
|Certificate of Calibration includes stated uncertainties||✔||✔||✔|
|Certificate of Calibration includes measurement results||✔||✔||✔|
|Capable of displaying current temperature and minimum/maximum memories||✔||✔||✔|
|Minimum/Maximum Memory reset||✔||✔||✔|
|Adjustable High/Low Alarm||✔||✔||✔|
|Read storage unit temperatures without opening the door||✔||✔||✔|
|±0.5°C (±1°F) Accuracy||±0.25°C||±0.25°C||±0.25°C|
|Low battery indicator||✔||✔||✔|
|Temperature Excursion data||✔||✔||✔|
|Data Logger with Continuous Monitoring and Active Display||✔||✔||✔|
|Data Logger with user programmable logging intervals||✔||✔||✔|
|Data Logger capable of storing 4,000 readings that will not overwrite when full||✔||✔|
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Each individual state/local health department immunization program may have specific requirements—Consult your immunization program for more information
Data represented above is accurate as of 06/15/2016. Recommendations and requirements are subject to change without prior notice.