VACCINE MANAGEMENT — Recommendations for Storage and

VACCINE MANAGEMENT — Recommendations for Storage and Handling of Selected Biologicals
(These recommendations are not a substitute for the package insert included with each different biologic.)
• DT-Pediatric: Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoids
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
• Td-Adult: Tetanus, Diphtheria Toxoids
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately upon arrival.
Store at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to freezing
temperatures.
Intramuscular injection, do
not administer intravenously,
subcutaneously, or intradermally.
Shelf Life after Opening:
The vaccine should be
Shelf Life:
administered shortly after
Check expiration date on vial or container. Do not withdrawal from the vial.
use after the expiration date shown on the label. Unused portions of multi-dose
vials should be refrigerated
Instructions for Use:
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C) and
Shake well to obtain a slightly opaque, white
used until expiration date is
suspension before withdrawal and use.
reached, if not contaminated.
Thoroughly agitate to maintain suspension
of the vaccine. Do not administer if the
Special Instructions:
suspension does not appear homogenous, if
Rotate stock so that the
extraneous particulate matter remains, or if
vaccine with the shortest
discoloration is observed.
expiration date is used first.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
• DTaP - Pediatric: Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine
• DTaP-IPV-Hib - Pediatric:Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine,
Inactivated Polio Vaccine with Haemophilus influenzae type b Conjugate vaccine
• DTaP-HepB-IPV - Pediatric: Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine,
Hepatitis B Vaccine, Inactivated Polio Vaccine
• Tdap - Adult: Tetanus Toxoid, Diphtheria Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine
· DTaP-IPV – Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Inactivated Polio Vaccine
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial, container, or
manufacturer-filled syringe. Do not use after
the expiration date shown on the label.
Instructions for Use:
Just before use, shake the vial or
Condition upon Arrival*:
syringe well until a uniform, white, cloudy
Should not have been frozen or
suspension results. If particulate matter
exposed to freezing temperatures. and/or discoloration exists, do not use.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
Shelf Life after Reconstitution**
* If you have any questions about
or Opening:
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
Single-Dose Vials: The vaccine should
1) immediately place material in
be administered shortly after withdrawal
recommended storage; and
from the vial.
2) notify your health service region.
Manufacturer-Filled Syringes: The
vaccine should be administered shortly
Storage Requirements:
after the needle is attached to the
Refrigerate immediately upon
arrival. Store at 35˚ to 46˚F
syringe.
(2˚ to 8˚C).
** ActHIB® (sanofi Pasteur): Reconstitute
Do not freeze or expose to
the ActHIB vaccine component with the
freezing temperatures.
DTaP-IPV component immediately before
administration.
Do not mix with any other vaccine or
diluent.
Just prior to use, thoroughly but
gently shake the vial of DTaP-IPV
component, withdraw the entire liquid
content and inject into the vial of
the lyothilized ActHIB component.
Shake the vial thoroughly until a
cloudy, uniform white to off-white
(yellowish tinge) suspension results. If
particulate matter and/or discoloration
exists, do not use.
Vaccine should be administered
intramuscularly.
DO NOT administer intravenously,
intradermally, or subcutaneously.
DO NOT use after expiration date
shown on the label.
Special Instructions:
Rotate stock so that the vaccine
with the shortest expiration date is
used first.
Hepatitis Vaccines: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A-B, Hepatitis B-Haemophilus influenzae type b
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial or
manufacturer-filled syringe.
syringe. The vaccine should
be administered shortly after
withdrawal from the vial.
Pre-Filled Syringes:
Use: Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the
label. Shake well before use.
Attach the sterile needle securely
on the syringe. Administer the
entire dose.
Instructions for Use:
Shake well to obtain a slightly
opaque, white suspension before
withdrawal and use. Thoroughly
agitate to maintain suspension of the
vaccine. Discard if the suspension
does not appear homogenous,
if extraneous particulate matter
remains, or if discoloration is
observed.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
DO NOT dilute to administer.
Shelf Life after Opening:
Storage Requirements:
Single-Dose Vials:
Refrigerate immediately upon arrival. Use: Do not use after the expiration
Store at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
date shown on the label. Withdraw
Do not freeze or expose to
dose of vaccine from the single-dose
freezing temperatures.
vial using a sterile needle and
DO NOT dilute to administer.
The vaccine should be
administered shortly after the
needle is attached to the syringe.
Special Instructions:
Rotate stock so that the vaccine
with the shortest expiration date is
used first.
Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b Conjugate Vaccine
Shipping Requirements: Should
be shipped in insulated container.
Maintain temperature at 35˚ to 46˚F
(2˚ to 8˚C). Do not freeze.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately upon
arrival. Store at 35° to 46°F (2° to
8°C). Do not freeze.
ActHIB: Store lyophilized vaccine
packaged with saline diluent at 35°
to 46°F (2° to 8°C). Do not freeze.
Hiberix: Lypolized vaccine vials store refrigerated between 35° to
46°F (2° to 8°C), protect vials
from light. Diluent - store
refrigerated between 35° to 46°F
(2° to 8°C) or in a controlled room
temperature between 68° and 77°F.
Do not freeze, do not use if the
diluent has been frozen.
PedvaxHIB: store liquid vaccine at
35° to 46°F (2° to 8°C). Do not
freeze. Liquid PedvaxHIB is ready to
use thus does not require a
diluent; it is a slightly opaque white
suspension.
Shelf Life: Check expiration date
on vial or container.
Instructions for Reconstitution**
and Use: For ActHIB® and Hiberix®
Hiberix® is to be reconstituted
only with the accompanying saline
diluent. Inject the entire volume of
sterile diluent contained in the vial
or syringe into the vial of lyophilized
vaccine. Thorough agitation
is advised to ensure complete
reconstitution. The entire volume of
reconstituted vaccine is then drawn
back into the syringe. The vaccine
will appear clear and colorless after
reconstitution. Inject intramuscularly,
do not inject intravenously.
PedvaxHIB: Shake well before
withdrawal and use. Thorough
agitation is necessary to maintain
suspension of the vaccine.
Shelf Life after Reconstitution**
or Opening: The vaccine should be
administered shortly after withdrawal
from the vial. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
** ActHIB® (sanofi Pasteur) should be
used within 24 hours of reconstitution
if used alone. Only the diluent shipped
with the product may be used to
reconstitute the sanofi Pasteur
ActHIB® product.
Special Instructions:
Rotate stock so that the vaccine with
the shortest expiration date is used
first.
HPV: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
Shipping Requirements: Should
be shipped in insulated container.
Maintain temperature at 35˚ to 46˚F
(2˚ to 8˚C). Do not freeze or expose
to freezing temperatures.
Special Instructions for Use:
GARDASIL: Shake well before use.
Thorough agitation immediately
before administration is necessary
to maintain suspension of the
vaccine. After thorough agitation,
Condition upon Arrival*: Should
GARDASIL is a white, cloudy liquid.
not have been frozen or exposed to
Parenteral drug products should
freezing temperatures. Refrigerate
be inspected visually for particulate
upon arrival.
matter and discoloration prior to
* If you have any questions about
administration. Do no use the
the condition of the material at the
product if particulates are present or
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
if it appears discolored. CERVARIX:
recommended storage; and
With thorough agitation, CERVARIX
2) notify your health service region.
is a homogeneous, turbid, white
Storage Requirements: Refrigerate suspension. Do not administer if it
immediately upon arrival. Store at 35˚ appears otherwise. Upon storage,
to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C). Do not freeze or a fine, white deposit with a clear,
colorless supernatant 585 may be
expose to freezing temperatures.
observed. This does not constitute a
Protect from light.
Shelf Life: Check expiration date on sign of deterioration.
vial or container. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
Instructions for Use:
Follow manufacturer’s directions.
For intramuscular use only. HPV
vaccines should not be diluted
or mixed with other vaccines.
Administer as soon as possible after
being removed from refrigeration.
Shelf Life after Opening:
Use until expiration date is reached,
if not contaminated. HPV vaccines
should be administered as soon as
possible after being removed from
refrigeration.
Gardasil can be out of refrigeration
(at temperatures at or below 77°F
/25°C), for a total time not to exceed
72 hours.
Special Instructions:
Rotate stock so that the vaccine with
the shortest expiration date is used
first.
• MMR: Measles/Mumps/Rubella Vaccine,
• MR: Measles/Rubella Vaccine,
• Measles Virus Vaccine,
Shipping Requirements:
Vaccine: Use insulated container.
Must be shipped with refrigerant.
Must be stored between -58˚F
and +46˚F (-50˚C and +8˚C). DO
NOT use dry ice as it may subject
vaccine to temperatures colder
than -58˚F (-50˚C). Protect from
light at all times.
Diluent: May be shipped with
vaccine.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Maintain at -58˚F and +5˚F (-50˚C
and -15˚C). Do not use warm
vaccine. Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at
the time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
Storage Requirements:
Vaccine may be stored separately
from diluent.
Conditions upon Arrival*:
Should be stored frozen at a
temperature between -58˚F and +5˚F
(-50˚C and -15˚C) until reconstituted
for injection.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place vaccine in
proper storage; and
2) contact the manufacturer at (800)
637-2590 for viability determination.
Storage Requirements:
Vaccine: Store in freezer
immediately upon arrival. Maintain
vaccine in a continuously frozen
state at -58˚F and +5˚F (-50˚C
and -15˚C) or colder.
Freeze/ thaw cycles are not
allowed with this vaccine.
Protect from light at all times.
Vaccine should only be stored in
freezers or refrigerator/freezers
with separate doors and
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate on arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately on arrival.
Store at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial or
container. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
Shelf Life after Opening:
The vaccine should be
administered shortly after
withdrawal from the vial.
Multi-dose Vials: Unused
portions of multi-dose vials
should be refrigerated at 35˚ to
46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C) and used until
expiration date is reached, if not
contaminated.
Instructions for Use:
Multi-dose Vials: Shake vial
vigorously before withdrawal
and use. Follow manufacturer’s
directions.
Special Instructions:
Rotate stock so that the vaccine
with the shortest expiration date is
used first.
LAIV: Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine
Shipping Requirements: The cold
chain [35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C)] must
be maintained when transporting
LAIV. Store in refrigerator between
35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C) upon receipt
and until use. The product must be
used before the expiration date on
the sprayer label. Do not freeze.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Refrigerate upon arrival.
*If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage: and
2) notify your health service
region for guidance.
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately upon
arrival. Store at 35˚ to 46˚F
(2˚ to 8˚C). Do not freeze.
Shelf Life: Formulated for use
during current influenza season.
Check expiration date on package.
Do not use after the expiration date
shown on the label.
Instructions for Use: LAIV is a
colorless to pale yellow liquid and
is clear to slightly cloudy. After
removal of the sprayer from the
refrigerator, remove the rubber tip
protector.
For intranasal administration only.
DO NOT inject. DO NOT use a
needle.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions
to deliver 1/2 dose into one nostril.
Then removed the dose-divider clip
and deliver the remainder of the
dose into the other nostril.
Shelf Life after Opening:
Single-Dose Sprayer: The
vaccine should be administered
shortly after removal from the
refrigerator. Between uses,
return multi-dose vial to the
recommended storage conditions
at 35° to 45°F (2° to 8°C).
Special Instructions: Check
expiration date. Product must be
used before the date on the sprayer
label. Rotates stock so that vaccine
with the shortest expiration date is
used first.
NOTE: All vaccine materials should
be disposed of using medical waste
disposal procedures. Contact the
state health department for details.
Texas Vaccines For Children (TVFC) Program Health Service Regional Contacts
Health Service Region 1
Immunization Program
1109 Kemper
Lubbock, TX 79403
(806) 744-3577
Health Service Regions 2 & 3
Immunization Program
1301 S. Bowen Rd., Ste. 200
Arlington, TX 76013-2262
(817) 264-4793
Health Service Regions 4 & 5 North
Immunization Program
1517 W. Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 533-5368
Health Service Regions 6 & 5 South
Immunization Program
5425 Polk, Ste. J
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 767-3454
Health ServiceRegion 7
Immunization Program
2408 S. 37th St.
Temple, TX 76504-7168
(254) 778-6744
Health Service Region 8
Immunization Program
2201 E. Main St., Ste. A
Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 278-7151 Ext. 4386
Health Service Regions 9 & 10
Immunization Program
2301 N. Big Spring, Ste. 300
Midland, TX 79705-7649
(432) 683-9492
Health Service Region 11
Immunization Program
601 W. Sesame Dr.
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-0130
Immunization Branch
Stock No. 6-26P
Revised 10/2014
NOTE: Freeze-dried (lyophilized)
MMR vaccine may be maintained
at freezer temperatures.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial or
container. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
Instructions for Reconstitution
and Use:
Reconstitute just before using.
Use only the diluent supplied to
reconstitute the vaccine. Inject
diluent into the vial of lyophilized
vaccine and agitate to ensure
thorough mixing. Withdraw entire
contents into syringe and inject total
volume of vaccine subcutaneously.
Do not use if the lyophilized vaccine
cannot be dissolved. Follow
manufacturer’s directions.
Shelf Life after Reconstitution,
Thawing, or Opening:
After reconstitution, use immediately
or store in a dark place at 35˚ to
46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C). Do not use if not
used within 8 hours.
Special Instructions:
Rotate stock so that the vaccine
with the shortest expiration date is
used first.
NOTE: All materials used for
administering live virus vaccines
should be burned, boiled, or
autoclaved prior to disposal.
• Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine
compartments. Acceptable storage
may be achieved in standard
household freezers purchased in
the last 10 years, and standard
household refrigerator/freezers
with a separate, sealed freezer
compartment. Small, combination
refrigerator-freezer units outfitted
with a single external door are
NEVER acceptable for the storage
of varicella-containing vaccine.
Instructions for Reconstitution
and Use:
Reconstitute just before using.
Use only the diluent supplied to
reconstitute the vaccine. Follow
manufacturer’s directions.
In order to maintain temperatures
of ≤5˚F (≤-15˚C) or colder,
it will be necessary in most
refrigerator/freezer models to turn
the temperature dial down to the
coldest setting. This may result
in the refrigerator compartment
temperature being lowered as
well. Careful monitoring of the
refrigerator temperature will be
necessary.
Diluent: May be refrigerated or
stored at room temperature
68˚ to 77˚F (20˚ to 25˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Protect from light at all times.
Special Instructions:
If this vaccine is stored at a
temperature warmer than
≤5˚F (≤-15˚C), it will result in a loss
of potency and a reduced shelf life.
If a power outage or some other
situation occurs that results in
the vaccine storage temperature
rising above the recommended
temperature, the healthcare provider
should contact Merck, the vaccine
manufacturer, at 1-800-609-4618
for a reevaluation of the product’s
potency before using the vaccine.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on
vial or container. Do not use after
the expiration date shown on the
label.
Shelf Life after Reconstitution,
Thawing, or Opening:
Do not use if not used within
30 minutes of reconstitution.
Rotate stock so that the vaccine with
the shortest expiration date is used
first.
NOTE: all materials used for
administering live virus vaccines
should be burned, boiled, or
autoclaved prior to disposal.
MCV4: Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine: Serogroups A, C, Y, W-135
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately upon
arrival. Store at 35˚ to 46˚F
(2˚ to 8˚C). Do not freeze.
Protect from light.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial or
container. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
Special Instructions for
Reconstitution of MENVEO®
(Novartis): MENVEO is supplied in
two vials that must be combined prior
to administration. MENVEO must
be prepared for administration by
reconstituting the MENA lyophilized
conjugate vaccine component
with the MENCYW-135 liquid
conjugate vaccine component.
Using a graduated syringe, withdraw
the entire contents of the vial of
MENCYW-135 liquid conjugate
vaccine component and inject into
the MENA lyophilized conjugate
vaccine component vial. Invert the
vial and shake well until the vaccine
is dissovled and then withdraw 0.5mL
of reconstituted product.
The reconstituted MENVEO vaccine
should be used immediately, but
may be held at or below 77˚F (25˚C)
for up to 8 hours.
For intramuscular injection only.
DO NOT administer MENVEO
intravenously, subcutaneously, or
intradermally.
Instructions for Use:
Follow manufacturer’s directions.
Menactra vaccine is a clear to
slightly turbid liquid.
Shelf Life after Opening:
The vaccine should be administered
shortly after withdrawal from the vial.
Special Instructions:
Vaccine should be injected by
the intramuscular route. Do
not administer intradermally,
subcutaneously, or intravenously.
Following reconstitution, the MENVEO Rotate stock so that the vaccine
vaccine is a clear, colorless solution, with the shortest expiration date is
used first.
free from visible foreign particles.
PCV13: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (13-Valent)
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature at
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at
the time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately upon arrival.
Store at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial or
container. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
Shelf Life after Opening:
The vaccine should be administered
shortly after withdrawal from the vial.
Special Instructions:
This vaccine is a suspension
containing adjuvant and should not
be used if the particles cannot be
resuspended after vigorous shaking.
Do not use if particulate matter or
discoloration is found.
Instructions for Use:
Vaccine should appear as a
homogenous white suspension after
vigorous shaking. The vaccine should Rotate stock so that the vaccine
be administered intramuscularly only. with the shortest expiration date
is used first.
Follow manufacturer’s directions.
PPSV23: Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Polyvalent)
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Storage Requirements:
Refrigerate immediately upon arrival.
Store unopened and opened vials at
35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
Shelf Life:
Check expiration date on vial or
container. Do not use after the
expiration date shown on the label.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at
the time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
IPV: Inactivated Polio Vaccine
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature at
35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Store as follows:
Vaccine: Refrigerate immediately
upon arrival. Store at 35˚ to 46˚F
(2˚ to 8˚C). Protect from light at
all times, since such exposure
may inactivate the virus.
Diluent: May be refrigerated or
stored at room temperature
68˚ to 77˚F (20˚ to 25˚C).
Do not freeze diluent or expose
to freezing temperatures.
• MMRV: Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella Vaccine
Shipping Requirements:
Vaccine: Use transport container
that maintains temperature
between -58˚F and +5˚F (-50˚C
and -15˚C). DO NOT ship with dry
ice. Should be delivered within
3 days of shipment.
Diluent: May be shipped with
vaccine. DO NOT store diluent in
freezer.
• Mumps Virus Vaccine,
• Rubella Virus Vaccine
Instructions for Use:
Follow manufacturer’s directions.
Shelf Life After Opening:
Single-Dose Vials: The vaccine
should be administered shortly
after withdrawal from the vial.
A clear, colorless solution.
The vaccine is used directly
as supplied. No dilution or
reconstitution needed.
Multi-dose Vials: Unused
portions of multi-dose vials
should be refrigerated at 35˚ to
46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C) and used until
expiration date is reached, if not
contaminated.
Special Instructions:
Do not inject intravenously.
Intradermal or intravascularly
administration.
Rotate stock so that the vaccine
with the shortest expiration datel is
used first.
Rotavirus Vaccine
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Diluent: The diluent may be stored at
a controlled room temperature 68˚ to
77˚F (20˚ to 25˚C). Do not freeze. Do
not use if the diluent has been frozen.
Reconstitute only with
accompanying diluent.
Do not mix Rotarix with other
vaccines or solutions.
ROTARIX Storage after Reconstitution: Special instructions for
ROTARIX should be administered
Reconstitution: Remove vial cap
Condition upon Arrival*:
within 24 hours of reconstitution. It may and push transfer adapter onto
Should not have been frozen or
be stored refrigerated at 35˚ to 46˚F
vial (lyophilized vaccine). Shake
exposed to freezing temperatures.
(2˚ to 8˚C) or at room temperature up
diluent in oral applicator (white,
to 77˚F (25˚C), after reconstitution. Do turbid suspension). Connect oral
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
not use the reconstituted vaccine if not applicator to transfer adapter. Push
the condition of the material at the
used within 24 hours. Do not freeze. Do plunger of oral applicator to transfer
time of delivery, you should:
not use if the vaccine has been frozen. diluent into vial. Suspension will
1) immediately place material in
Do not freeze or expose to freezing appear white and turbid. Withdraw
recommended storage; and
temperatures. Protect from light.
vaccine into oral applicator. Twist
2) notify your health service region.
Shelf Life: Check expiration date on and remove the oral applicator.
Storage Requirements:
Do not use a needle, for oral
tube or container.
Refrigerate immediately upon arrival.
administration only.
Instructions for Use: FOR ORAL
Store at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Shelf Life after Opening:
USE ONLY. DO NOT INJECT.
ROTARIX is available as a vial of
After opening use immediately.
lyophilized vaccine, a pre-filled oral
RotaTeq: RotaTeq is a ready-to-use
applicator of liquid diluent with a
Special Instructions:
liquid dose administered orally.
plunger stopper, and a transfer
Administer dose by gently squeezing Rotate stock so that the vaccine
adapter for reconstitution.
with the shortest expiration date is
liquid into infant’s mouth toward the
used first. For information regarding
inner
cheek
until
dosing
tube
is
empty.
ROTARIX Storage before
RotaTeq stability under conditions
Reconstitution:
RotaTeq is a pale, yellow clear liquid other than those recommended,
Vials: Store vials of lyophilized
that may have a pink tint.
call 1-800-MERCK-90.
ROTARIX refrigerated at 35˚ to 46˚F Rotarix: FOR ORAL USE ONLY. (2˚ to 8˚C). Protect vials from light. DO NOT INJECT.
TIV: Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine QIV: Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine
Shipping Requirements:
Should be shipped in insulated
container. Maintain temperature
at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
Do not freeze or expose to
freezing temperatures.
Condition upon Arrival*:
Should not have been frozen or
exposed to freezing temperatures.
Refrigerate upon arrival.
* If you have any questions about
the condition of the material at the
time of delivery, you should:
1) immediately place material in
recommended storage; and
2) notify your health service region.
Storage Requirements:
Shelf Life after Opening:
Refrigerate immediately upon arrival.
Multi-dose Vials: The vaccine
Store at 35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C).
should be administered shortly
Do not freeze.
after withdrawal from the vial.
Unused portions of multi-dose
Shelf Life:
vials should be refrigerated at
Formulated for use during current
35˚ to 46˚F (2˚ to 8˚C) and used
influenza season.
until expiration date is reached,
if not contaminated.
Instructions for Use: Shake the
Manufacturer-Filled Syringes:
syringe or single-dose vial before
Sterile until removal of hub cap.
administering the vaccine. Shake
the multi-dose vial each time before
Special Instructions:
withdrawing the vaccine. Inject
Rotate stock so that the vaccine
intramuscularly, do not inject
with the shortest expiration date is
intravenously, intradermally, or
used first. DO NOT use after the
subcutaneously.
expiration date shown on the label.
Adapted from:
• Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine Management. Recommendations for Storage and Handling
of Selected Biologicals, June 2005. www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vac_mgt_book.htm (accessed September 28, 2007).
• MERCK & Co., Inc., GARDASIL® [Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Recombinant Vaccine] (Whitehouse Station, NJ, June 2006).
www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/g/gardasil/gardasil_pi.pdf (accessed September 28, 2007).
• MERCK & Co., Inc., RotaTeq® [Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent] (Whitehouse Station, NJ, February 2006).
www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/r/rotateq/rotateq_pi.pdf (accessed September 28, 2007).
• MERCK & Co., Inc., ProQuad® [Measels, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (Oka/Merck) Virus Vaccine Live] (Whitehouse Station, NJ, July 2006).
www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/p/proquad/proquad_pi.pdf (accessed September 28, 2007).
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