The correct Vaccine storage temperature is between 2°C to 8°C (we call this the “safe zone”). If you store them above this, their usable life diminishes much more rapidly. If you store them below this, you risk freezing them and killing the vaccine entirely.
If any of your vaccines have been stored outside the vaccine safe zone, you should contact your supplier or manufacturer immediately to seek further advice. There also may be reporting requirements to government bodies, depending on your state or territory.
You can store vaccines in either a domestic fridge or a purpose built vaccine fridge.
Even if you have a purpose built fridge, there is still the risk of going outside the safe zone without you even knowing. This is why we recommend you make use of a temperature logger. A quality temperature logger, such as a Thermocron, will help you ensure the temperature remains constant throughout the fridge.
They keep logging day in, and day out. Even if the fridge looses power, you will still have results you can check to see if the vaccines are still usable or not.
When you connect a Thermocron to your computer, you can view graphs to check the temperature at any point in time. This process only takes a couple of minutes, and can be done as often as you like.
A Thermocron will cost you $60. This is a worthwhile investment, and delivers peace of mind. You will never have to wonder about the quality of your vaccine again.