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Preventing ‘flu when we flew
Flu vaccination in Laos

Flying pretty much anywhere these days is expensive. And it’s almost twice as expensive when I travel with my daughter.

And the reason is simple: The route from airport security to the departure gate is littered with opportunities to spend money. There are stores that sell expensive clothes, jewelry, electronics, duty-free goods, food and tacky tee-shirts that announce to the world that the wearer has spent time in the City of Atlanta. (The “I’m a Georgia Peach” key ring complements the tee shirt nicely, by the way.)

Traveling to see family in China once, my daughter and I had too much time to kill in the airport. And, like a wasp to blueberry jelly, she was immediately drawn to the most expensive items for sale in the retail area.

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The Highs and Lows of Temperature-Sensitive Shipping
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Here in Atlanta, summer has now given way to early fall, which is bad news for the HVAC industry but a welcome change for Atlantans.

This time of year is also welcome to shippers of temperature-sensitive products. A package containing insulin, which must be protected from excessive temperatures, will remain unspoiled longer on a Minneapolis doorstep at 60 degrees Fahrenheit than on a Phoenix doorstep in 105 degrees.

Optimizing the design of temperature-sensitive packages can help ensure that package contents will arrive in optimal condition by staying within the  designated temperature range through the transportation process. Avoiding spoilage is not, however, only about the package itself; it’s also about the ambient temperatures in the environment that the package will pass through.

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Temperature Excursions and Your Meds: Why Packaging Matters
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Last summer it seemed like the media reports of record-breaking temperatures, wildfires and droughts were never-ending. And like farmers and ski resort managers, heat and cold are of particular interest to me because of my role at UPS as a temperature-sensitive packaging professional.

Keeping medicines at the right temperature is essential if they are to work well, and it’s vital to the health of patients. Whether you need an annual flu shot or your regular supply of insulin, it’s likely that a great deal of work has gone into designing the packaging it’s shipped in. Packaging may be the only protection that stands between your medicine and the outside world, from the manufacturer to the point of care, whether that’s a doctor’s office, an outpatient surgery center or even your own home. In fact, a recent UPS survey investigating healthcare supply chain challenges found that product protection is one of the biggest challenges healthcare manufacturers face.

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