Originally broadcast August 26, 2010.
Patricia Beckenhaupt, RN, MS, MPH
Public Health Analyst
National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases, Vaccine Supply and Assurance Branch (VSAB), Centers for Disease Control
Debra S. Blog, MD, MPH
Bureau of Immunization
New York State Department of Health
It has been estimated that vaccine wastage resulting from improper storage and handling costs the United States Vaccines for Children program more than $20 million yearly. Since vaccines prevent serious, sometimes fatal diseases, the loss can compromise patient safety, affect staff time and patient/provider trust and can also become a liability issue. This program will focus on the public health implications of improper storage and handling and its application to the roles and responsibilities of nurses involved in immunization.