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Vaccine Refrigerators

Our vaccine refrigerators are optimized temperature performance for vaccine storage.

Our vaccine refrigerators are specifically designed to properly and safely store vaccines, including those for influenza, rotavirus, MMRV, and more. Accurate temperature sensors maintain a set temperature within the units, and alarms and monitoring provide quick notification of adverse operating conditions. Each vaccine refrigerator provides a temperature range of range 2°C to 8°C. Freezers range from -20°C to -13°C. Units are also equipped with fans to regulate temperature control.

Our models include glass or solid doors and under counter, countertop, and combination options. They also meet vaccine storage guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.

Panasonic designs equipment for specific applications while meeting the standards of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), International Committee for Harmonization (ICH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (in addition to the CDC).

Vaccine Storage Recommendations

Vaccines are a crucial part of the healthcare system, and their effectiveness depends on appropriate conditions and regulated temperatures. “Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases,” according to the CDC. “Vaccine quality is the shared responsibility of everyone, from the time the vaccine is manufactured until it is administered.”

The CDC offers a variety of vaccine storage resources, including temperature monitoring and storage best practices and a Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit.

General CDC vaccine storage guidelines include:

  • Maintain an accurate refrigerator temperature range of 2°C to 8°C with an ideal temperature of 5°C.
  • Frozen vaccines should be kept within a range of -50°C to -15°C.
  • Do not freeze refrigerated vaccines (except for MMR, which can be either frozen or refrigerated).
  • If the Beyond Use Date (BUD) is not indicated on the vaccine, the expiration date provided by the manufacturer should be used.
  • It’s best to store vaccines in stand-alone refrigerators or freezers.

It’s also important to ensure your vaccine storage refrigerators have alarms and temperature monitoring that provides quick notifications (both locally and remote) of adverse operating conditions.

Our company has grown significantly over the last ten years. One thing I know I can always count on is DAI and their rep, Brian Langenderfer, doing their part to keep us informed of specials on instrumentation, get us great pricing on quality inventory, and rapid response times on all communications, including quotes. Not only that, but they coordinate quality movers to come onsite upon delivery and help unpack, move, and set up equipment professionally.  What I also appreciate as a lab manager is having the DAI employees, like Brian, to support all installations, upkeep, and is available for general questions. As our one lab has now grown to four, I always make sure my lab operation peers use DAI as their first “go to” for equipment purchases. We are always impressed and never disappointed with our DAI experiences.
Sartorius Corporation
Glass or solid door?
A solid door would be used if you plan to store light sensitive product.
If choosing a freezer, do you need auto or manual defrost?
The Defrost Cycle is the method in which the ice on the evaporator coils is removed. For vaccine freezers, there are two types of "defrost" freezers: Manual and Auto Defrost. Below are the differences and advantages/disadvantages of the two types. Manual Defrost freezers as the name suggest have to be manually defrosted by turning the freezer off or unplugging the unit. Although the defrosting of manual defrost freezers is inconvenient due to the necessity to empty the freezer and clean up after the melted ice, they do offer advantages. The key advantage is the absence of warm temperature spikes that are present with an auto defrost freezer. These temperature spikes do in fact damage some medical and scientific products. It is this reason that these types of freezers are recommended for vaccine storage by the CDC and VFC (Vaccines for Children). Auto Defrost freezers incorporate a timer and a heater attached to the evaporator coils to assist in the defrost cycle. When a defrost cycle starts the compressor is turned off and the heater turns on. The heater melts the ice that has collected on the evaporator coils. During the cycle the inside of the freezer will warm up. How much depends on the unit but it is not uncommon to see a  5°C to -10°C degree warm-up. When the cycle ends the heater is turned off and the compressor turns on. This cycle can happen several times during the day. The clear advantage of an auto defrost freezer is the ease of maintenance and no need to remove your product from the freezer. The disadvantage is most vaccines are sensitive to this warm up and could damage the vaccine.
What size unit do you need?
We have options from small table top, undercounter, all the way to 72 cuft, 3 door units.
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