Using Lascar’s temperature data loggers to monitor vaccine storage conditions
Published: 24 June, 2020
Typically administered in the late summer, surgeries across the UK stock up on vaccines in anticipation of greater footfall through their offices. But storing these vials can also prove a challenge. Flu vaccine, like many other pharmaceuticals, has to be kept in a strictly temperature-controlled environment. Stored between 2 and 8 degrees C, if the temperature of the vaccine rises above or below these thresholds for a certain period of time, because of a faulty fridge or door left open for example, the medicine loses its potency and must be destroyed.
While dispensed to patients for free, vaccines are valuable commodities and the loss of a large fridge of flu vaccine can cost the NHS thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of pounds. In fact, it was a power cut in the Cumbrian village of Caldbeck that caused just such a loss for the town’s local GPs in 2015. Click here to read the full case study