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Agriculture: Bluetongue

Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the shelf-life of the Bluetongue vaccine; and what storage conditions are necessary to ensure it may be used until the end of its shelf-life. [HL5571]

The shelf-life of the BTV8 vaccine available in the UK is 12 months.

The vaccine should be stored and transported refrigerated (2°C to 8°C), protected from light and not frozen. Once opened, contents should be used within eight hours.