19 The recommended conditions for storing EPI vaccine The recommended conditions for storing EPI vaccines are shown in this figure.The maximum storage times and temperatures are indicated in each case.At the higher levels of the cold chain, i.e. at the national (central) and regional or provincial levels, OPV must be kept frozen between -15 c and -25 c .Freeze-dried vaccine, i.e. BCG, Measles, MMR may also be kept in this temperature range if there is sufficient space in the cold chain, but this is neither essential nor recommended.At other levels of the cold chain these vaccines should be stored between +2 c and +8 c.All other EPI vaccines should be stored between +2 c and +8 c at all level of the cold chain.Diluent vials must NEVER be frozen. When the manufacturer supplies a freeze-dried vaccine packed together with its diluent, ALWAYS store the product at between +2oC and +8 oC. Where space permits, diluents supplied separately from the vaccine may safely be stored in the cold chain at between +2oC to +8oC.
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