As an immunization provider, you play a key role in helping to ensure the safety and efficacy of vaccines through proper:
- Vaccine storage and handling
- Vaccine administration
- Timing and spacing of vaccine doses
- Observation of precautions and contraindications
- Management of vaccine side effects
- Reporting of suspected side effects
- Communication about vaccine benefits and risks
There are several best practices and general guidelines to assist you in your role as an immunization provider:
- The General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization is a comprehensive on-line document which provides the most up-to-date guidance on vaccination practice.
- The Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (aka the Pink Book) provides physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and others with the most comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
- The Standards for Pediatric Immunization Practices are recommended for use by all health professionals in the public and private sector who administer vaccines to or mange immunization services for infants and children.
- The Standards for Adult Immunization Practice call on all healthcare professionals - whether they provide vaccinations or not - to take steps to help ensure that their adult patients are fully immunized.
This page lists the clinical advisories and other alerts from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Immunization Program.
This page includes information on how to enroll in the Immunization Program, proper vaccine storage and handling guidance, and related vaccine policies.
This page reviews communication on vaccine decisions, vaccine administration, clinic protocols, provider resources, and model standing orders.
This page gives an overview of the Massachusetts web-based immunization registry as well as information for parents, patients, and providers.
This page reviews school immunization requirements, school immunization data, and guidance on interpreting the data and resources for school nurses.
This page review vaccine-preventable incidence, immunization coverage rates, and other resources.