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    About VFC


    A measles epidemic in 1989 - 1991, in the United States resulted in tens of thousands of cases of measles and hundreds of deaths. Upon investigation, CDC found that more than half of the children who had measles had not been immunized, even though many of them had seen a health care provider.
    The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), a federally funded program created by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 , provides no-cost vaccines to children who lack health insurance or who otherwise cannot afford the cost of the vaccination. This program distributes approximately $4 billion worth of vaccines annually to low-income families via more than 44,000 VFC providers.

    About CDC


    CDC officials approached NIST in 2009 to investigate storage and temperature monitoring issues that were causing significant losses from discarded and potentially ineffective VFC vaccines. The NIST scientists systematically uncovered key factors causing widespread problems and recommended that the efficacy of stored vaccine is critically dependent on storage and handling practices, including the use of reliable temperature monitoring methods and properly controlled storage systems.



    VFC Compliance for Vaccine Temperature Monitoring


    CDC "Vaccine Storage and Handling" web page states...

    Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccine quality is the shared responsibility of everyone, from the time vaccine is manufactured until it is administered.

    Data Logger Requirements (required starting January 1st 2018)

    Page 7 of the Guidelines for Storage and Temperature Monitoring of Refrigerated Vaccines pdf document
    outlines the minimum data logger features necessary for providers to comply with the
    Vaccines For Children Program.

    NIST-Guidelines

    cover of Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit pdf document
    Is a comprehensive resource for health care providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. The Toolkit includes guidance on managing and storing vaccine inventory, using and maintaining storage unit and temperature monitoring equipment, preparing for emergency situations, and training staff. (June 2016)

    These Storage and Handling Fact Sheets (below) illustrate best practices for both refrigerated and frozen vaccines. Written in plain language, they include assessments to reinforce key points. While they are CDC-developed and branded fact sheets, each contains an area where you can insert your agency’s logo.

    Vaccine Temperature Best Practices for...
    Refrigerated Vaccines Fahrenheit pdf document | Celsius pdf documentFrozen Vaccines Fahrenheit pdf document | Celsius pdf document

    Vaccine Storage Best Practices for...
    Refrigerated Vaccines Fahrenheit pdf document | Celsius pdf documentFrozen Vaccines Fahrenheit pdf document | Celsius pdf document