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Do you think you’re storing your vaccines correctly?

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Vaccines are a valuable resource to provide immunity from disease and treat sick animals.

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However, failing to maintain the correct fridge storage temperature has been shown to compromise vaccine effectiveness and consequently animal health.


Paul Williams, MSD Animal Health UK technical manager for ruminants, explains why farmers should pay more attention to their farm fridges.


“Recent research conducted by MSD Animal Health has shown that not one farm fridge that was monitored stored vaccines at the correct temperature range of between 2 0 C and 8 0 C.


“In a significant number of fridges, the temperature was elevated above 8 0 C for long periods of time. In the worst cases some fridges had been at 0 0 C or below 0 0 C long enough for the vaccine to freeze vital contents and become ineffective.


“This research shows that we have work to do in educating customers about how to store their vaccines and I would encourage all farmers to check their farm fridge temperatures.”


‘Disease? Not On My Farm!’ is promoting how to store vaccines correctly in February and March.

 

Find out more on their Facebook and Twitter pages or follow the hashtag #FridgeCheck


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#FridgeCheck top tips

  1. Monitor your maximum and minimum farm fridge temperature daily
  2. Check your farm fridge’s seal by placing a torch inside and closing the door. If
    light shines through the seal is faulty
  3. Avoid using your farm fridge for other items so it isn’t opened as frequently,
    causing temperature fluctuations
  4. When picking a farm fridge avoid a fridge with freezer compartments
  5. Have a separate power supply for your farm fridge
  6. Ensure there is space around your fridge to allow air to circulate around it
  7. Place a bottle of water marked ‘do not drink’ in your farm fridge to help stabilise
    the temperature
  8. Don’t put vaccines at the back of the fridge where ice can form
  9. If your fridge temperature drops below zero call your supplier immediately
  10. If you are unsure of how to store a particular vaccine speak to your vet for more
    advice
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