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Dr. Marvin W. McCallister, DVM, Veterinary Services Branch
In order to receive the most benefit from the use of vaccines or other injectable drugs, and to avoid the risk of injury or carcass damage, it is imperative that these products be used with utmost care at all times. The following protocol should become part of an every day routine.
Many of the above principles apply to the other types of injectable drugs used by the swine producer as well. The "Precaution" section of the drug label is generally where it is indicated if refrigeration or protection from light is necessary, or if it can just be stored at room temperature. The "Warning" section provides the slaughter withdrawal information.
All equipment and products should be stored in a dust proof cupboard in a room away from high traffic areas, preferably with a sink for cleanup. Many producers have found an old fridge to put in the barn, and it is a good idea to occasionally put a thermometer in it to be sure it is keeping your products as cool as required. Be sure that the product labels are in a handy spot nearby. Do not leave opened vials sitting out in alleyways, and especially do not leave needles inserted in vials, as this is a sure way to contaminate them.
Only with the proper handling and storage of vaccines and drugs will these products work the way they are intended to, as well as minimising the risk of causing harmful effects to the recipient animals.