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Cold Chain management

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Cold Chain management advice

From January 2015 in Victoria

You do not need to complete a vaccine cold chain breach report form for the following heat excursion such as a power outage event:

  • Vaccine that is exposed, on a single occasion, to heat with a temperature of less than 25 °C for less than 6 hours.

The government-supplied vaccine can continue to be administered for this single event scenario. Please determine the cause of the breach and where possible, address this to reduce the risk of the event reoccurring.

The vaccine exposed to a single event breach must be marked such as with a pen in the event the same vaccine is breached a second time.

Cold Chain Breach form:

Please complete the form for all other breaches such as:

  • A freeze breach
  • A heat breach greater than or equal to 6 hours; greater than or equal to 25 °C
  • Vaccines breached on more than one occasion.
Please lodge the form as soon as possible after detection by:
Fax: 1300 768 088
Email: immunisation@health.vic.gov.au

While waiting for advice, do not use or discard any vaccines and place a sign on the fridge to inform other staff of the breach.