The Basics of Pediatric Immunizations

Elizabeth Farren, PhD, RN; Melanie McEwen, PhD, RN


NAINR. 2004;4(1) 

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Vaccination is a powerful and dynamic tool. Vaccination programs and immunization schedules have undergone constant evaluation and significant changes in the past and will no doubt continue to do so in the future. Nurses and other health care providers who regularly administer vaccines should be knowledgeable about how to provide clients with the most effective, necessary, and safest vaccinations.

The CDC, through its publications and its website (, provides the latest recommendations, warnings, and news about vaccines and their use. The AAP periodically updates its publication, The Red Book, which is an outstanding resource for providers seeking specific information on immunizations and their administration. Finally, physiology and pharmacology textbooks can help renew basic knowledge of immunity and available immunization products. Keeping a fresh and dynamic attitude toward vaccine use will enable the nurse to make sound judgments and to provide excellent care.

The print version of this article was originally certified for CE credit. For accreditation details, contact the publisher. (link to publisher contact information: Mosby Inc., Continuing Education and Training Development, Continuing Education Coordinator, 11830 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63147 or fax (314) 453-4172)


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