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Vaccines and Refrigeration: Beware of Thin Ice

Vaccines and Refrigeration: Beware of Thin Ice

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Most pediatric offices have at least two domestic refrigerators—one for vaccines and one for staff lunches and drinks. A two-provider office may be able to get by with just one vaccine refrigerator, but larger offices will usually need at least two. If you see patients eligible for the Vaccines for Children program (VCF) then you have to have duplicates of most of your vaccines. And VFC-supplied vaccine, unlike privately purchased vaccines, will not be replaced at no cost if your refrigerator temperature goes out of range and vaccines are damaged. If you still use a basic household refrigerator, you need to follow some important rules. Let's see how well you know them.

1. Where insdie a domestic (household) refrigerator is it safe to store vaccines?

A. On any shelf below the top shelf.

B.  On any shelf or in a storage bin, but not on the door.

C. On any shelf except the bottom shelf.

D. On any shelf or in a storage bin, but not on the top shelf.

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