Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule (New)

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Welcome to this module focusing on Primary Childhood Immunisation, which is one of a series of modules in the ICGP Immunisation eLearning Programme. The purpose of the eLearning series 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 this link: National Immunisation Office 


New Schedule Information 2016

Please note that all babies born on or after the first of October 2016 should be offered the new PCI schedule. This is addressed in Lesson 5 of this module. Two PCI schedules will run in parallel until November 2017 at least. The 'old' schedule is outlined in Lesson 1 and the new schedule is outlined in Lesson 5 of this module.

Module Overview


External CPD Credits: 4
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 5 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


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This eLearning module is divided into 5 key lessons, which comprise a video presentation conveying the core material; supplementary videos, where non-core material is presented; and relevant printable and downloadable material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning.
Please note that all babies born on or after the first of October 2016 should be offered the new PCI schedule. This is addressed in Lesson 5 of this module. Two PCI schedules will run in parallel until November 2017 at least. The 'old' schedule is outlined in Lesson 1 and the new schedule is outlined in Lesson 5 of this module.

:GlaxoSmithKline have given funding towards the costs of this module, but have had no input into the agenda or content


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        There are 4 lessons as follows:

        Lesson 1: Overview of Primary Childhood Immunisation

        This lesson provides an overview of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme, including guidance on defaulters and late entrants. Advice on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents is also presented.

        Lesson 2: Vaccine Administration

        This lesson provides a checklist of issues to consider and steps to follow before, during and following administration of a vaccine to babies & young children. Precautions & contraindications are also discussed.

        Lesson 3: Issues around Consent to Vaccination in Children

        This lesson highlights the issue of obtaining & recording informed consent prior to vaccine administration in children. The importance of providing appropriate information is also discussed.

        Lesson 4: Highlighting Issues Relevant to Vaccination in Children

        This lesson is presented by Dr. Kevin Connolly, Chairman of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), and is an overview of thoughts, experience & advice around childhood immunisation.

        Lesson 5: The New Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule

        The new Primary Childhood Immunisation (PCI) Schedule was introduced in October 2016. All babies born on or after the first of October 2016 should be offered the new PCI schedule, which is outlined in this lesson.

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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



Guidelines
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: Thursday, 1 December 2016, 3:03 PM