Optimize the effectiveness of your temperature sensitive animal health products by properly storing and handling them with Thermogard Ice Packs.
Vaccines are sensitive to heat and freezing and have special requirements for storage before use. Always check the expiration dates on vaccine products, follow label directions, and be sure to keep vaccines refrigerated at proper temperature until use.
Safety & storage
Sunlight can reduce the effectiveness of your vaccines’, particularly modified-live virus (MLV) products. Vaccines need to be kept cold and dark from the time of purchase through transport to your place, and until use.
It’s also important to know how the vaccine was stored before you obtained it. That means always purchasing from reputable sources.
When ordering vaccine to be delivered, we recommend placing orders on Monday. Then it won’t be sitting somewhere along the way over the weekend. Check the box as soon as it arrives and put it in your refrigerator immediately. Vaccine products should be packaged in an insulated box or polystyrene bin with Thermogard ice packs to keep the product temperature consistently cold.
If you buy vaccines locally, take an insulated esky or cooler bag for transport home, and use multiple Thermogard ice packs. Even if you’re only going five miles, take a esky because delays can always happen. Adding a sheet of Thermogard above & below the vaccine box in your esky is best. If you’re cooler is not well insulated or it’s left in the sun or hot car for a while a single ice pack may not keep vaccine quite cold enough.
If you use an old refrigerator at your farm or office to store vaccines, make sure it works efficiently. Keep a thermometer in it – and check it regularly. Outdoor temperatures can affect the refrigerator if it’s not in a well-insulated building. Older fridges may freeze items near the cooling unit, while vaccines stored in the door may get too warm if the door doesn’t seal properly.
On the farm handling
When working cattle or sheep, keep your insulated container in the shade, with the lid on it to minimize sunlight and dust contamination.
If something happens to delay your work, don’t just put your syringe down and forget about it. Even a short time in the sun can inactivate some vaccines.
If you know you’ll be out on the job all day, use an insulated container with a Thermogard ice pack, and take only the amount of vaccine you think you’ll need for the day.