The National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Strive for 5 (3rd edition) has useful information on the cold chain.
For more information, please phone the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD) Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or the Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) Public Health Unit on (02) 4824 1837. Ask to speak to the Public Health Officer.
The Ministry of Health requires practices to complete a cold chain breach reporting form when vaccines are exposed to temperatures outside 2-8oC.
Remember to follow the principles of safe vaccine storage management to ensure safe and effective vaccines are given to your patients. NSW Health has developed a Safe Vaccine Storage Checklist to ensure you are completing all safe storage steps as well as a Cold Chain Toolkit to support immunisation providers.
The NSW Health cold chain management training module can be accessed from the NSW Health cold chain webpage.
If you do identify an issue with the cold chain, please follow these steps:
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