Vaccine and Storage Laws
Vaccinations have spun the healthcare industry on its head, changing the lives of millions of people all over the world. As a result, protecting that investment is crucial for many medical organizations, and has become a top priority for Optical Inventory Solutions and their product, ViewVax. However, not all the medical groups have the same storage rules.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an article titled, ‘Resources on Proper Vaccine Storage Handling,” where it recommends ways that vaccines should be stored and can be found here. Similarly, to the CDC, there are dozens of different storage guidelines ranging from the Minnesota Department of Health, to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and even the Immunization Action Coalition.
Vaccine and storage laws are state based
According to ProCon there are no federal vaccination laws anywhere in the country. However, all 50 states do have their own sort of laws when it comes to vaccinating. For example, only three states don’t allow religious exemptions. These include California, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Also, there are 17 states that allow philosophical exemptions, like Arizona, Arkansas, and Idaho.
States differ on what diseases they want vaccinated. For example, Pennsylvania’s health and safety immunization requires that the hepatitis B vaccination is mandatory for entry into kindergarten or first grade level at public, private, or parochial schools. However, other states, like Connecticut don’t have that mandate. As a result, medical groups that handle the vaccinations for Connecticut won’t contain as many of the vaccines on hand to deal with hepatitis B.
The reason that there are different vaccination laws is solely based upon the needs and preferences of the individual states, and not because of the industry. Different states recognize, or don’t recognize, reasons where people’s religious or personal beliefs would affect their perspectives on vaccinations. As a result, states begin to vary on what is considered mandatory, and a legal exemption. The specific laws from different states do affect how vaccines can be stored as well, and Optical Inventory’s ViewVax is crafted to meet those needs.
Storage differs for each vaccine
Of course, there is more to vaccination storage than from the legal perspective. There are hundreds of different vaccines, but not all of them should be stored the same way. Because of their different natures and what they combat, some vaccines need to be stored differently than others because they need the proper temperature to survive. For example, in a vaccine storage guide written here by paho.org, it mentions that varicella-containing vaccines should be stored in environments where it needs to be freezing. It also mentions that the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) can be stored either in freezing conditions, or in a refrigerator. Due to the various natures and needs of various vaccines, there aren’t many automated vaccine devices than can support so many vaccines at once. ViewVax however is specifically designed to handle various vaccines and keeps them all regulated at their proper temperatures. Utilizing proper airflow and controlling the temperature inside the unit, ViewVax creates the perfect habitat for any vaccine.
According to this Quora question, “Vaccinations, to be effective, must be stored within a temperature specific to that particular vaccine in order to maintain potency. Usually, storage that’s slightly too warm is safer than too cold, since potency degrades more slowly at slightly higher temperatures.” There are literally thousands of different combinations of vaccines that need to be stored properly. As mentioned earlier, ViewVax not only keeps the vaccines at the appropriate temperature, but also keeps them organized and catalogued for easy access and perfect organization.
The vaccination business doesn’t just involve the healthcare field, but there is a hint of politics as well. Luckily, Optical Inventory Solutions is your guide to the vaccination industry and we can answer any questions you have. If you would like to contact us, call us at (610) 616-3645.