National Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Distribution 2012

Published online: 
25 September 2012

These guidelines are for practices to ensure that vaccines delivered within New Zealand have been stored correctly to maximise their effectiveness. These guidelines supercede the Vaccine Storage and Distribution National Standards 2002 and supplement the cold chain policy in the Immunisation Handbook 2011.

The system of transporting and storing vaccines within the recommended temperature range of +2°C to +8°C from the place of their manufacture to the point of vaccine administration is called the ‘cold chain’. The integrity of the cold chain is dependent not only on the equipment used, but also the people involved and the practices they undertake.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    25 September 2012
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-39389-7 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2012. National Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Distribution. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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