Answer: C. Per recent CDC guidelines, it is allowed but “discouraged” for all vaccines.
Freezer compartments in domestic units that combine a refrigerator/freezer have demonstrated that they are not capable of maintaining correct temperatures for frozen vaccines. “If existing equipment is a household combination refrigerator/freezer CDC recommends using only the refrigerator compartment for refrigerated vaccines.” The freezer should be left on, however, to maintain proper temperature in the refrigerator.
During flu season, a lot of offices receive hundreds, even thousands of vaccine doses in September. Some offices will use a small “dormitory-style” (or bar-style) style refrigerator to store the “overflow.”
3. Does the CDC’s VFC program (supplies free vaccine for Medicaid, uninsured, and some other groups) have any regulations concerning use of these units?
A. No, CDC does not have regulations.
B. Yes; CDC says dormitory-style units may not be used to store vaccines under any circumstances.
C. Yes; CDC says dormitory-style units can be used to store overflow inventory as long as the door is not opened more than twice a day.
D. No, CDC does not have regulations, but use of dormitory-style refrigerators is discouraged in written guidelines.
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