Compliance and Quality-Driven Vaccine Monitoring
Vaccines are stored in a wide variety of facilities, ranging from smaller short-term repositories, retail and community pharmacy chains, to long-term storage facilities for emergency use in the event of a disaster. Each environment poses a unique challenge, and vaccines can be damaged or lose potency if exposed to extreme climates for extended periods of time. The CDC has provided thorough guidelines for deploying remote monitoring in their Storage and Handling toolkit, and emphasizes a variety of must-haves for distributors, shippers, and administrator. While the point-of-emphasis is to protect vaccine potency, the patient or consumer is the ultimate winner when administrators maintain compliant vaccine operations with a high standard of quality control.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) specifically notes that tainted and/or low-potency vaccines are statistically less effective at treating a disease or illness. For these reasons alone, the CDC, along with the VFC and the BOP (as well as other state and federal agencies) have recommended continuous temperature monitoring protection for any facility or operation that handles vaccines.