Pharmaceutical Supplies Are an Important Part of the Health Care Platform
Summer is here and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. And while it may seem like it is a long time before the kids have to go back to school, the reality is that if you do not already have your summer doctor’s appointments scheduled your child may not be ready for the first day of class. Between the vaccinations that children are recommended to have before going to school and the sports physicals that are required of high school athletes, seeing the family physician or family pediatrician during the summer months is important.
Behind all of the appointments, are lab refrigerators and scientists who are making sure that there are always the right amount of immunizations that are needed. in fact, lab refrigerators are an important part of pharmaceutical companies of all sizes. As soon as the beginning of the school year gets started, doctors begin to focus on the need for flu vaccinations. As a yearly event, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that since 2010, there have been as many as 710,000 flu-related hospitalizations and as many as 56,000 flu-related deaths.
Every hospital and doctor’s office, in fact, is equipped with medical refrigerators and freezers, to make sure that there are always temperature controlled environments to take care of all kinds of medications and vaccines. From benchtop freezers to under the counter pharmaceutical grade refrigerators, deliveries need a proper place to be stored until they are administered.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the vaccine industry standards and the refrigeration process that is needed to make sure that everything remains safe and effective:
- 24 million children around the world do not have access to the routine vaccine series they should receive before they turn one year old.
- 93.7% of children the children between the ages of 19 and 35 months have received the Polio vaccine.
- Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million unnecessary deaths every year.
- Large-scale vaccine production, partially enabled by lab refrigerator systems first became possible in the late 1940s. Recommended vaccines at that time included Smallpox, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
- Refrigerated vaccines should be stored at 40 degrees farenheit (5 degrees Celcius, according to the CDC.
- The CDC estimated in the year 2014, that vaccinations would prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among the children born in the last 20 years.
It may be summer, but it definitely is not too soon to start thinking about the beginning of the school year and the appointments that you need to make so that your children are properly vaccinated and prepared for the first day of classes.