Immunisation Core Module

Welcome to this module called Focus on Immunisation in Primary Care, which is the core unit in a series of modules in the ICGP Immunisation eLearning Programme. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in safe & efficient delivery of vaccination programmes, in line with current guidelines for best practice. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on vaccines or immunisation, please see the link below.
National Immunisation Office

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 4
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons (Lessons 1-4). Each lesson comprises a video presentation conveying the core material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. Supplementary lessons, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included within most lessons. This development of this module was supported by the NIO (National Immunisation Office) and NIAC (National Immunisation Advisory Committee). Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from GSK.


    The 4 lessons are as follows:
    • Lesson 1: Overview & Context of Vaccinations in Ireland 
      This lesson provides an overview of the National Immunisation Programme and highlights the role of general practice in implementation of this programme. 
    • Lesson 2: Overview of Immunity & Immunisation
      This lesson provides a basic overview of immunology (which may be of interest to members of the primary care team) - highlighting the immune system & the immune response to explain how vaccines work to provide immunity.  
    • Lesson 3: Cold Chain & Storage of Vaccines 
      This lesson highlights the key role of proper maintenance of the cold chain in safe handling of vaccines in general practice. It addresses also administrative & practical issues including ordering, storage, monitoring and returning vaccines.  
    • Lesson 4: Adverse Events Following Immunisation 
      This lesson outlines the importance of distinguishing between perceived & real risk of adverse events in the public's mind. It also addresses how adverse events should be addressed in primary care. Anaphylaxis, while very rare is discussed in particular.  


The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below

Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland 2013, National Immunisation Advisory Committee (and subsequent updates) [ link ]
Guidelines for Vaccination in General Practice, 2013, National Immunisation Office [ link ]
Anaphylaxis: treatment in the community 2014, Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland 2013 link ]
HSE Guidelines for maintaining the vaccine cold-chain including maintenance of vaccine fridges and management of vaccines link ]
Useful Links
National Immunisation Office, HSE [ link ]
National Immunisation Advisory Committee, RCPI [ link ]
Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), HSE [ link ]
Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR), HIQA [ link ]
Guide Clinic, St James' Hospital [ link ]
Infectious Disease Regulation Act, Irish Statute Book [ link ]
Travel Vaccinations, HSE [ link ]
Infectious Disease Society of Ireland [ link ]
Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) [formerly Irish Medicines Board] [ link ]
Annual Report 2012 Health Protection Surveillance Centre [ link ]
Health Prevention Surveillance Centre (HPSC) [ link ]
Irish Society for Immunology [ link ]
Information Leaflets & Posters
NIO Publications [ link ]
Health Promotion Leaflets [ link ]
MMR info leaflet [ link ]
MMR info leaflet for traveller community [ link ]
Immunisation passport [ link ]
Parent's Guide Childhood Immunisation [ link ]
BCG Information Leaflet [ link ]
6 in 1 Information Leaflet [ link ]
Meningitis & Septicaemia: am I at Risk? [ link ]
HPV booklet [ link ]
Flu Vaccine Information Booklet [ link ]
Flu booklet - Pregnancy [ link ]
Flu booklet - Healthcare Worker [ link ]
Rubella Leaflet [ link ]
Whooping Cough - Pregnancy [ link ]
Tdap & MenC Boosters leaflet [ link ]
Hepatitis B vaccine: what you need to know [ link ]
Last modified: Monday, 2 October 2017, 12:18 PM