Revised Cold Chain Failure (CCF) Policy 2017
Important Update Regarding Vaccine Temperature Ranges
Digital Data Loggers (DDLs)
All vaccines supplied by
the Pennsylvania’s Vaccine for Children Program (PA VFC) Program must be
stored in accordance
with CDC’s new Fahrenheit temperature range guidance. The new
temperature range is between 36.0° F and 46.0° F (previously between
35.0° F and 46.0° F).
The Celsius temperature range (between 2.0° C and 8.0° C) remains unchanged,
as stated in all
manufacturer package inserts for routinely recommended vaccines.
Effective January 2017,
all VFC providers will be required to follow the new Fahrenheit temperature
The frequently asked
questions (FAQ) document can be found at Q&A - Adjustment to CDC’s Recommended Fahrenheit Temperature Range for Refrigerated Vaccine Storage.
The updated Vaccine
Storage and Handling Toolkit, released in June 2016, is the first CDC resource
to reflect the adjusted
Fahrenheit temperature range guidance and can be accessed at
If you have questions, please contact the Division of
Immunizations at 888-646-6864.
HPV Online Provider Training
The online training presents practice-oriented
content about HPV immunization. It is also an excellent review for a seasoned
healthcare provider and can be used by nursing schools to introduce their
students to the comprehensive core knowledge about HPV immunization. This
module is the eighth in a series titled Immunization: You Call the Shots and
focuses on HPV and its related vaccines.
The training can be accessed here. CPH recertification credit is offered
and at the conclusion of the session the participant will be able to:
Describe the HPV
including the causative agents.
List the groups at
highest risk of HPV.
Identify those for whom
routine immunization is recommended of HPV.
characteristics of the vaccine used to prevent this disease. (Characteristics
may include schedule, contraindications and/or adverse reactions.)
relevant to current immunization practice.
How to Order VFC Vaccines Online
The person responsible for VFC Vaccine ordering must contact
PA-SIIS staff at 877-774-4748 to receive PA SIIS logon/password credentials and
the “PA-SIIS Vaccine Ordering Booklet”.
- Confirm practice site information, especially “Shipping Address” and “Delivery Times”. Orders will not be processed if missing.
- Select Report screen and generate vaccine inventory report.
- Take printed report to vaccine refrigeration unit(s) for use in documenting current VFC vaccine inventory on hand.
- Reconcile inventory
- Order vaccines at the Add New Order screen
- When vaccine shipment arrives access the Receive Shipment screen.
- -Please make sure that you order vaccine for your facility during the 1st though the 15th of each month.