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  • VISI proposed that peel-off, pressure-sensitive, adhesive stickers be affixed to the vials or prefilled syringes (primary container) of each vaccine for each dose contained therein. The following standards for stickers were proposed—

    • Size. The maximum size is 98mm wide by 25mm high. No minimum size is specified.

    • Number of Stickers per Dose. One sticker could be used for the patient's paper medical record, a second could be placed into a form to be sent to immunization registries, and a third into the patient's take-home immunization booklet.

    • Adhesive. The adhesive should allow for initial repositioning, then for permanent adherence on a paper medical record.

    • Required Content. Each sticker should contain in plain English text in a typeface height of at least 1.75mm: the abbreviation and brand name of the vaccine, the abbreviation for the vaccine manufacturer and/or distributor, the National Drug Code (NDC) number, the lot or pick number, the expiration date, and a barcode embedding the NDC, expiration date, and lot number.

    • Barcode Orientation and Element Size. The axis of the one-dimensional component of the RSS barcode when the sticker is affixed to the vial should be parallel with the axis of the vial. The minimum "X-dimension" (thickness of smallest bar) should be 7.5 mils.
    A single label that has been removed from the roll

    A single label showing the online printing of a Reduced Space Symbology™ (RSS) composite barcode with NDC, lot number, and expiration date. When the label is unwrapped, two of the three peel-off stickers on the left are covered by the right end of the label. The fourth barcode (at right) remains on the permanent label, which remains affixed to the vial. To expose the detachable stickers, the peel-tab at the extreme right end of the label is pulled, and the permanent label is unwrapped from the right. Its opposite end remains permanently affixed to the vial. The permanent label can be reattached fully to the vial before rewrapping it.

    Page last reviewed: January 9, 2008 (archived document)
    Page last updated: January 9, 2008
    Content source: Immunization Safety Office, Office of the Chief Science Officer
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