Vaccine Cold Chain Guidelines

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Description: This document contains policies and guidelines that apply to all Western Australian Public and Community Health Services providing immunisation services in WA. The cold chain is a system of transporting and storing vaccines within a recommended temperature range.

Vaccine Cold Chain Guidelines

This document contains policies and guidelines for monitoring and maintaining the cold chain process. 

The “cold chain” is a system of transporting and storing vaccines within a recommended temperature range of +2 to +8 degrees Celsius (°C).  This temperature range has been selected by the World Health Organization (WHO), and adopted by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for the National Immunisation Program (NIP), as a guide to protect vaccines against loss of vaccine potency due to excessive cold or heat1. 

The policies and guidelines contained within this document apply to all Western Australian (WA) public and community health services providing immunisation services in WA.


Kim Snowball
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 14 November 2011 to 14 November 2011

Policy Framework

Supporting information