Vaccine Administration

Proper vaccine administration is critical to ensure that vaccination is safe and effective. CDC recommends that all health care personnel who administer vaccines receive comprehensive, competency-based training on vaccine administration policies and procedures BEFORE administering vaccines. Comprehensive, skills-based training should be integrated into existing staff education programs such as new staff orientation and annual education requirements.

Visit CDC's Vaccine Administration webpage for more information. 

A free vaccine administration e-Learn is available that offers continuing education for health care personnel, including CME, CNE, CEU, CPE, CPH, and CHES.

There is not a limit for the number of vaccines that can be administered during an office visit. Several vaccines can be administered at the same office visit, as long as a different syringe is used for each vaccine. The ACIP and AAP consistently recommend that physicians optimize time with their patients and administer all needed vaccines while the patient is in the office.

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

The General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization publication provides clinicians and other health care providers with ACIP's best practices guidance on immunization. 

The document will: 

  • Help vaccination providers to assess vaccine benefits and risks 
  • Use recommended administration practices 
  • Understand the most effective strategies for ensuring that vaccination coverage in the population remains high
  • Communicate the importance of vaccination to reduce the effects of vaccine preventable diseases 

Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit

CDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for health care providers on recommendations and best practices for: 

  • Managing vaccine inventory and transport
  • Storing and preparing vaccine
  • Monitoring vaccine temperature
  • Using and maintaining storage unit and temperature monitoring equipment
  • Preparing for emergency storage, handling, and transport situations
  • Developing standard operating procedures for routine and emergency vaccine management and training staff

You Call the Shots: Vaccine Storage and Handling Module

The module is an interactive, web-based module which provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary. Continuing education or a certificate of completion is available. 

You Call the Shots Infographic






Updated 12/14/17

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