Supporting your practice: Cold chain management and vaccines

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Pharmacists play a vital role in the distribution, dispensing and administration of life saving vaccines. A vaccine is a fragile, biological product that may contain live attenuated, modified, toxoid or killed microorganisms, which when administered into the body (vaccination), provides immunity to a disease. For a vaccine to be effective, it needs to be stored between +2 and +8 degrees Celsius (°C) from the time of manufacture to the point of administration. The system of transporting and storing vaccines within this temperature range is known as the 'vaccine cold chain'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Pharmacist
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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