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Immunization Dialogue

Open Multi-dose Vaccine Vials: Use or Discard?

Sumitha Nayak

Keywords : BCG, Immunization, JE Vaccine, Measles vaccine, Multi-dose vials, Open vials, Vaccination, Vaccination programs, Vaccines, Vaccine reuse

Citation Information : Nayak S. Open Multi-dose Vaccine Vials: Use or Discard?. Pediatr Inf Dis 2022; 4 (2):78-79.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10081-1344

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 02-05-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

Multi-dose vials are useful and economical when large numbers of patients need to be immunized. These multi-dose vials are invaluable in the National Immunization Programme vaccination days, as they save time and effort and also are economically viable. However, there could be wastage of doses of vaccines, due to uncertainty in knowing the duration of potency and effectiveness of opened vials. Hence, the open vial policy (OVP) that has been introduced by several global and Indian bodies will go a long way in reducing this wastage. The prerequisites of using the opened vials must be strictly implemented. Early audits after implementation have shown a reduction in vaccine wastage and better usage of resources


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