Be Prepared: Protecting Vaccine Supplies Before, During and After a Disaster


The old adage “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” has been used throughout history and it still rings true today.

There’s little room for failure in clinical care. Preparation is an important aspect of everyday practice management and success, and it is never more critical than when a disaster strikes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all practices have a plan in place to keep their vaccine supply safe during an emergency. Common disasters that affect vaccine supply, include national vaccine shortages, as well as severe weather and other events that cause loss of electric power.  

Emergency preparedness for these situations means being ready with concrete plans in advance to ensure that both providers and staff are ready to handle a future crisis and provide needed support to patients.

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