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Want to Avoid Vaccination Errors? These Print Materials and Slide Sets Will Help You!

January 2019

Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC’s) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
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Want to Avoid Vaccination Errors? These Print Materials and Slide Sets Will Help You!
Published January 2019
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) receives hundreds of emails and phone calls from healthcare professionals each month, many of which describe medical errors related to vaccination. Unfortunately, the availability of more vaccine products and an increasingly complex immunization schedule increase the likelihood of errors.

Over the past four years, IAC received more than 1,500 questions about medical errors related to vaccination, including errors in vaccine storage and handling, administration, scheduling and documentation. Commonly reported errors include violations of minimum intervals and age, incorrect scheduling of live virus vaccines, administration of the wrong vaccine (or one not recommended/licensed for use in the patient), providing a pediatric dose to an adult or vice versa, using the wrong route or site for administration, and using expired or improperly reconstituted vaccine.

The result of such errors can be serious, including harm to the vaccinee from a side effect, inadequate disease protection, inconvenience to the parent/patient, unreimbursed cost to the provider, possible feelings of ill will or loss of trust in the provider, and possible negative media publicity. Avoiding such errors benefits everyone. Fortunately, there are many resources to help you avoid vaccination errors, including the following:

IAC ready-to-print educational materials (CDC-reviewed)

See all IAC ready-to-print educational materials (CDC-reviewed) on the following topics:

IAC slide sets for your review or use when giving presentations

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