Routine immunisation checkBack to Nursing Essentials Crib Cards
Nursing staff can support this by:
- asking about vaccination history on admission or discharge or as part of any assessment process
- reminding people that even as adults many vaccines are still recommended
- having information and resources on vaccination available, or know where to get them
- make immunisation checks part of ‘Making Every Contact Count'.
The Green book - Immunisation against infectious disease, details all vaccines offered in the UK either as part of the routine schedule or for specific purposes such as travel, pregnancy or high risk groups.
Green book is available at: gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book
Ask specifically about:
- tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines
- measles, mumps and rubella vaccines
- • COVID-19 vaccines.
For older adults and those with underlying medical conditions ask about:
- shingles vaccine
- pneumococcal vaccine (also recommended for those who have other specific underlying conditions)
- annual influenza vaccine (also recommended for those who have other specific underlying conditions)
- additional vaccines eg, MenACWY specifically recommend for those with an underlying condition which increases the risk of vaccine preventable infection
The details of exactly who should be vaccinated is available in Immunisation Against Infectious Diseases known as the Green Book.
Access to this and many resources, including the complete routine schedule are available at: gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation
RCN website, Clinical ‘public health’ specialist area on immunisation: rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/public-health/ immunisation