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Immunization Competencies for Health Professionals

Immunization Competencies for Health Professionals    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. HP40-33/2008E
Pages 69
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $14.95
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Published by the Public Health Agency of Canada Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases under the authority of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2008.


Immunization Competencies for Health Professionals details the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for health professionals involved in the immunization practice in Canada.

Prepared by the Professional Education Working Group of the Canadian Immunization Committee, the immunization competencies were developed to support the application of the National Guidelines for Immunization Practices which are published in the 7th Edition of the Canadian Immunization Guide.

The competencies range from the scientific basis of immunization to essential immunization practices and contextual issues relevant to immunization. Each competency is supported by learning domain and a number of guiding learning objectives.

This handbook does not dictate how to teach or assess health professionals. Instead, it lays out the essential topics for effective immunization that are universal to a wide range of health professionals. These can be adapted and incorporated into all immunization training or performance evaluations. As such, the immunization competencies provide a framework that stakeholders can use to tailor education programs to the needs of health professionals based on their level of experience, practice setting, and degree of involvement with immunization.

This handbook may be used by:
  • Educational institutions and continuing education providers to conduct needs assessments, assess existing curricula, and incorporate the immunization competencies in undergraduate and continuing education training;
  • Coordinators and managers of immunization programs to set practice standards and conduct employee performance evaluations;
  • Front-line health professionals to identify their individual learning needs and select learning opportunities that address the immunization competencies; and
  • Educators to assess curricula and adapt existing educational resources to support the immunization competencies.
Immunization Competencies for Health Professionals is also available on the website of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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