The CDC released the Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit in May of 2014 and this 110 page document offers the most updated guidance on best practices for storage and handling of vaccines. One of the many topics discussed in this CDC document is the use of bar-style or dorm-style refrigerators for vaccines and the CDC is very clear in its position.
Under no circumstances should vaccines be stored in these types of refrigerators due to their inherent temperature inconsistencies and control issues. Namely, household or commercial units that contain a separate freezer compartment located within the refrigerator should be avoided. The CDC is pushing for the use of “purpose-built” pharmaceutical grade storage equipment for all vaccines.
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