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Immunisation Essentials

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POLHN

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Immunisation Essentials

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Immunisation is a proven strategy for the control and elimination of life-threatening infectious diseases, preventing an estimated 2 to 3 million fatalities every year. One of the most practically effective and economical tools at health workers disposal, immunisation enables them to provide prevention and coping strategies for distant, detached and vulnerable demographic groups, communities and populations.

Immunisation is a proven strategy for the control and elimination of life-threatening infectious diseases, preventing an estimated 2 to 3 million fatalities every year. One of the most practically effective and economical tools at health workers disposal, immunisation enables them to provide prevention and coping strategies for distant, detached and vulnerable demographic groups, communities and populations. Aimed at the health workers associated with immunisation programmes, this free online immunisation course for nurses provides technical and managerial information for effective planning, monitoring and evaluation of immunisation programmes on a substantial scale. This course has been adapted from a free online immunisation course from the Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center under a Creative Commons Licence and modified according to prevailing trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

After completing this online immunisation training course, students will be able to understand:

  • The basics of immunity and immunisation;
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), and how vaccines are used for these;
  • Global initiatives for the immunisation of children, and the headway these have made;
  • Management and service delivery strategies for the accomplishment and sustenance of positive and impartial immunisation coverage; and
  • Basic approaches and key indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of immunisation programmes


Getting Started
This section covers the basics of the course, introducing the modules and topics covered, as well as methods of assessment. It explains the relevance of the topic and why the course is particularly relevant for health workers involved in vaccination programmes.
Module - 1: Immunity and Immunisation
This module introduces the topic of immunisation by focusing on the following issues: the impact of immunisation, the discovery of vaccination and the milestones in the development of vaccines, the functioning of the immune system, and how vaccines work.
Module - 2: Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPDs) and Their Vaccines
This section discusses vaccine-preventable disease (VPDs), the universal vaccines used for these diseases, their significance and regional importance, WHO-recommended infant vaccination schedules, and challenges faced during implementation.
Module - 3: The Global Effort for the Immunization of Children
This part deals with the Global Vaccine Alliance Program accelerated disease control initiatives such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the elimination of measles and rubella, maternal and neonatal tetanus, and trends in the coverage of routine immunisation, including disparities and public health emergencies.
Module - 4: Service Delivery Strategies
This module provides information about provision of routine immunization services, school-based vaccination, supplemental immunization activities, and WHO Reaching Every District (RED) strategy.
Module - 5: Management and Handling of Vaccines and Related Supplies
This part comprises topics such as the concept of the cold chain, as well as key strategies for vaccine management.
Module - 6: Providing Immunisation Services
This section discusses the five-step strategy for the implementation of immunisation sessions, the immunisation of sick children, vaccination in the presence of HIV, the disposal of clinical waste, safe injection practices, and adverse events following immunisation.
Module - 7: Achieving and Maintaining High and Equitable Coverage
This module looks at obstacles to using routine immunisation services, and strategies for increasing the use of routine services.
Module - 8: Using Data for Action
This section emphasises the importance of immunisation coverage, tools for planning, screening, reporting, assessing performance, interpreting and using data, as well as key indicators for action.
Module - 9: Immunisation in the Context of Pacific Island Countries (PICs)
Module 9 is concerned with the immunisation in the context of Pacific Island Countries. It also explains about immunisation challenges in Pacific, Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII), Unicef Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII) strategies and their achievements, number of Pacific children vaccinated, new vaccine introduction plan and impact on capacity, expanding to new vaccines disease burden and new vaccine introduction status. This module also tells about measles control in Pacific Island Countries and Territories, measles elimination in Fiji, immunity against measles and factors for measles elimination in Fiji.
Module - 10: Tools and Resources
This part contains lists of additional resources and tools for further study.

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Course questions & answers

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Yes, this course has recommended and additional readings. These can all be easily accessed on Moodle.
There is no time limit for completing this IPC self-paced course. POLHN recommends spending about 4 hours per week over the period of 6 weeks.
Once you enrol yourself into this course on Moodle you will have access to all the lectures and assignments.
Once you successfully complete your course by completing all the modules and passing all the assessment, your certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email. You can also access all your certificates through our digital certification system here: https://polhn.org/certificate-verification. If you are having any problems accessing your certificate, simply email us at support@polhn.org and we will help you.
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Study material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.


Getting help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.


Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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Aimed at the health workers associated with immunisation programmes, this provides technical and managerial information for the planning, monitoring and evaluation of immunisation programmes on a large scale.

Immunisation Essentials

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