The CDC requires NIST-certified calibrated probes in the center of storage units by your vaccines. For proper environment monitoring, you are required to:
- Review and record storage unit temperature readings at least 2 times a day, and minimum and maximum temperatures once each morning.
- Use the digital data logger to store and record temperatures at regular intervals for 24-hour monitoring.
- Have a digital display for the data logger for reading outside of the storage unit.
- Maintain temperature data and document any malfunctions or outages.
Please note, as of January 1, 2017*, the following recommendations are requirements for all VFC providers in order to maintain compliance with the CDC:
- All VFC providers must have certified calibrated digital data loggers for continuous temperature monitoring for each VFC storage unit and back-up thermometer.
- Household combination refrigerator/freezers will no longer be allowable for the storage of VFC vaccines.
- When monitoring a vaccine refrigerator, it is also recommended that the temperature of the room be monitored. Mesa’s VPx sensors can monitor both from a single unit.
*Mesa recommends checking with your state authorities for confirmation of when these requirements will be mandated at your facility.
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