Handle Drugs and Vaccines with Care

By Barry Whitworth

Most producers are very familiar with giving either antibiotic to treat a disease or vaccine injections to their animals to prevent a disease. What producers may not be aware of is how important it is to handle vaccines and drugs properly. Any breakdowns in handling the vaccine or drug before giving it to the animal may compromise the efficacy of the product. The following is a quick review of proper handling and care of vaccines and drugs.

Producers should read the manufacturer’s label. The label contains information of proper storage, how to mix the product, how often to use the product, how much to give, where to give, withdrawal times and how to dispose of the portion of the product not used. Also, the expiration date should be observed. These products do lose their efficacy over time.

Vaccines and drugs need to be stored properly. The label will indicate at what temperature the product needs to be kept. For most biological products and some animal drugs, the product needs to be kept cool. The appropriate temperature is 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pick up the June issue of OKFR to learn more about the proper handling of drugs and vaccines.