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The Case for Environmental Monitoring Across Multiple VFC Locations

Vaccinations are one of the most regulated products within the healthcare industry, as they require strict temperature control at all stages, especially when storing and handling. FDA regulations and CDC guidelines for vaccines are designed to ensure their safety, purity, potency, and...

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Ukrainian Polio and the Hindsight Solution

A recent threat of a Polio outbreak in Ukraine has left parts of Europe scrambling for answers.

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An Overview Of The CDC's OEI-04-10-00430 Vaccines For Children Report

In April and May of 2011, a group of analysts from the Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America, conducted an evaluation of 45 Vaccine For Children (VFC) program providers. The team was led by Holly Williams, and was formed to assess the storage conditions of vaccines...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Vaccine Storage

Vaccine storage and handling can be as confusing as all get-out. There are a lot of resources and materials to consume, and there are different regulations coming at you from different regulating bodies (i.e. the CDC, the VFC Program, County Health Departments, etc.).

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How To Avoid Expired Vaccines

Expired vaccines are a bummer. Wasted vaccines equal wasted dollars. And dollars that don't need to be wasted. Some fridges and freezers can store thousands of dollars worth of vaccines. When those vaccines go to waste, the hospital is left footing the bill. Even if your hospital or medical...

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The Hospital Supply Chain Is Ever Expanding

With the Affordable Care Act sweeping healthcare in the U.S., hospital supply chains have had the spotlight shown on them: a somewhat disregarded discipline in a hospital has now come to the forefront in cost savings.

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Important Vaccine Storage Regulation Trends And What They Mean For Your Clinic

Vaccine regulations, specifically for Vaccine for Children (VFC) providers, are updated more frequently than most industry regulations that Dickson comes into contact with. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), State Vaccination Programs, Local Health Departments, and VFC program all have a...

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The Vaccines For Children (VFC) Storage Series: Data Loggers

In our first article in our Vaccine Storage Series, we provided some resources for Vaccines for Children (VFC) Providers, specifically highlighting links and general information you must know to be a provider in the program. In our second post, we talked about vaccine storage; namely...

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The Vaccine For Children (VFC) Storage Series: Temperature Sensors

If vaccines are not kept cold, they will become less potent. This is a statement that is of course true, and that has been reiterated consistently and frequently by the CDC to those hospitals and clinics that are in the VFC (Vaccines for Children) Program. Keeping vaccines cold may seem as...

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The Vaccines For Children (VFC) Storage Series: Introduction and Resources

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program, overseen by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Center for Disease Control, created to get children whose families can't afford vaccines, vaccines. The VFC Program works like this: the CDC buys and...

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