Immunization Essentials

Source - © 2009 Stephanie VandenBerg, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - Public health nurses in Angola administer vaccines provided free by the government in remote communities as a means of promoting child health and minimizing preventable killers such as cholera and malaria.

The purpose of this course is to provide essential technical and managerial information that immunization program personnel need to know in order to effectively plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate immunization programs on a large scale.

Objective

After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the basic concepts of immunity and immunization
  • Identify vaccine-preventable diseases included in immunization programs and the vaccines used to protect against them
  • Discuss global initiatives to immunize all children and progress to date
  • Describe management and service delivery strategies for achieving and maintaining high and equitable immunization coverage
  • Describe basic approaches and key indicators for monitoring and evaluating immunization programs

Credits

Thank you to Angela Weaver and Youssef Tawfik, USAID, who authored the first edition of this course in September 2008, and thank you to those who reviewed the latest version:

  • Daniel Baker, USAID
  • Endale Beyene, USAID
  • Peggy D'Adamo, USAID
  • Susan McKinney, USAID
  • Elizabeth Noonan, USAID
  • Ellyn Ogdon, USAID