Philippines Works to Freeze Spread of Childhood Diseases
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
How would a walk-in freezer benefit millions of infants in the Philippines?
Think vaccines, those shots given to young children to protect them from debilitating, even killer diseases, such as polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
Why a freezer? Freezers help store vaccines, most of which must be kept at certain temperatures and protected from light to ensure their potency and effectiveness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.
That means vaccines need to be properly stored during immunization programs, like the one the Philippines is currently rolling out in Manila.
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