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Immunization Competencies for Health Professionals

The Immunization Competencies were developed to support the application of the National Guidelines for Immunization Practices, published in the Canadian Immunization Guide. The aim of this handbook is to promote safe and competent practices to achieve higher vaccine coverage rates. This effort will enable and maintain the highest possible degree of community protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Application of Basic Biomedical Sciences to Immunization

  • The Immune System and Vaccines
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  • Vaccine Development and Evaluation
  • The Types of Immunizing Agents and Their Composition
  • Population Health

Essential Immunization Practices

  • Communication
  • Storage and Handling of Immunization Agents
  • Administration of Immunizing Agents
  • Adverse Events Following Immunization
  • Documentation
  • Populations Requiring Special Considerations

Contextual Issues Relevant to Immunization

  • The Canadian Immunization System
  • Immunization Issues
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Immunization

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