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Protecting your Vaccine:
Protecting your Patients

Originally presented on August 26, 2010

Patricia Beckenhaupt, RN, MS, MPH
Public Health Analyst
National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases, Vaccine Supply and Assurance Branch (VSAB), Centers for Disease Control

Debra S. Blog, MD, MPH
Bureau of Immunization
New York State Department of Health

It has been estimated that vaccine wastage resulting from improper storage and handling costs the United States Vaccines for Children program more than $20 million yearly.  Since vaccines prevent serious, sometimes fatal diseases, the loss can compromise patient safety, affect staff time and patient/provider trust and can also become a liability issue.  This program will focus on the public health implications of improper storage and handling and its application to the roles and responsibilities of nurses involved in immunization.

After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify the financial and practical costs of vaccine mishandling
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of nurses in  protecting vaccines from storage errors and mishandling
  • Identify critical components of  a vaccine storage and handling emergency plan.