Assess providers against this checklist to ensure the best program for your staff:
- The provider can give evidence of appropriate accreditation for vaccinating nurses.
- Vaccines will be stored in their original packaging and monitored at a temperature between 2 °C and 8 °C in a portable vaccine cooler during transport and at the immunisation site.
- Appropriate information about the risks and benefits of vaccination, and the risks of influenza infection will be provided to the person being vaccinated before vaccination occurs.
- A pre-vaccination assessment (usually a short checklist) will be conducted to determine whether there are any contraindications or precautions for the vaccine.
- Valid consent will be gained from the person to be vaccinated after they have received appropriate information and the pre-vaccination assessment.
- All vaccinated people will be asked to remain under observation in a designated nearby place for a minimum of 15 minutes after the vaccination, in case of an immediate vaccine reaction.
- The workplace vaccine provider is equipped to manage an immediate allergic reaction to the vaccine (which is a very rare event).
- On completion of vaccination, all hazardous waste will be removed by the workplace vaccine provider.
- Advice will be given to the person being vaccinated about the management of the common side effects that may occur after vaccination.
- Details of the vaccination will be recorded on a card that the person being vaccinated can personally keep as their record of vaccination.
This information is a summary of requirements that are outlined in The Australian Immunisation Handbook.