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Competency #2: Vaccine Preventable Diseases

This competency demonstrates an understanding of the rationale and benefit of immunization, as relevant to the practice setting.

Learning Objectives

The Health Professional will be able to perform the following;

  • Describe the key clinical features, including acute and long-term complications, of each vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Describe the key epidemiologic features of each vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Describe the historical impact of immunization on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable disease.
  • For each of the vaccines administered in the practice setting, formulate a response to the question "Why should I be immunized when vaccine-preventable diseases are so rare in Canada?"
  • Explain why accurate diagnosis of vaccine-preventable diseases is important.


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