After the fiasco with flu vaccines shortages in previous years, the government is urging health practices to consider their vaccine storage arrangement before the onslaught of the seasonal flu.

The government is anticipating an increase in the uptake of the flu jab this year as many more people fall into the “at risk” groups and therefore qualify for the free NHS flu jab.

Practices are being urged to use purpose-built pharmacy fridges for flu vaccine storage and to ensure regular and recorded temperature checks are carried out. Storage of flu vaccine in domestic refrigerators is seen as totally inadequate due to safely and security reasons. It has also been shown as a false economy due to the spoilage and contamination issues that it can cause.