Tips to handle vaccines

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Compliance and proper vaccine handling and administration are two of the biggest issues in dairy-vaccination programs today, says Jerry Olson, senior veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health. Olson offers the following tips when handling vaccines.

  • Rotate vaccine inventory. The oldest vaccine should be in the front. Short-dated product should be identified and specifically marked for quick use. If vaccine protocols change, then vaccine no longer used should be returned for credit.
  • Monitor refrigerator temperatures. Have a thermometer in each refrigerator. Buy a thermometer that can record maximum and minimum temperatures in the refrigerator. The temperature needs to be between 37 degrees F to 45 degrees F. Freezing vaccinations could damage them. Make sure there is room behind the refrigerator and in the refrigerator for air movement. Clean coils on refrigerator.
  • Use open vaccines quickly. All vaccines should be used ASAP after opening. Open only one bottle of premixed vaccine at a time. Mix up modified live as you go. Do not store mixed vaccines.

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