How should polio vaccine be stored?

Live polio vaccine must always be kept cold to avoid heat killing the virus. In a standard clinic or hospital refrigerator it should be stored at 2 to 8 °C. Direct sunlight kills the vaccine. Keep the vial of vaccine cool in a home refrigerator or cool bag while it is being used. It can be safely kept in this way for up to 30 days.

Polio vaccine can be stored for years at −20 °C or for one year at −10 °C.

4 thoughts on “How should polio vaccine be stored?

  1. Thank you for this information, my lecturer was talking about poli storage temperature and i was not convinced whether it can be stored at such temperature of -20 C degrees. But now, i am convinced. Thank again

  2. Does anyone know if the vaccine when passed through the gut remains infectious in the baby’s stool for a short while, thereby putting the nappy changer at risk of contracting polio?

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