If you aren’t looking for vaccination information, now is the time. As you are all aware, the influenza season is just around the corner.
Many facilities will be ordering influenza vaccines and organising vaccine programs for residents and staff alike.
We would like to draw your attention to the requirements for ensuring the safe storage of vaccines, and strongly recommend that you all review the ‘Strive for 5’ document which was updated in June 2019.
“Correct vaccine storage and handling has been an important factor in preventing and eradicating many common vaccine-preventable diseases. Yet, each year, storage and handling errors result in revaccination of many clients and significant financial loss because of wasted vaccines. Failure to store and handle vaccines properly can reduce vaccine potency, resulting in inadequate immune responses in clients and poor protection against disease. Clients can lose confidence in vaccines and immunisation service providers if they have to be revaccinated after receiving vaccines that may have been compromised.” (Excerpt Strive for 5 Guidelines).