Adult immunisation
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Adult immunisation

Rosemary Cook Team Leader, Primary Care Development, North Staffordshire Health Authorit

This article looks at the current status of immunisation in adulthood and discusses the common vaccinations available

Aim and intended learning outcomesThe aim of this article is to review the role of the nurse in the immunisation of adults. After reading this article the nurse should be able to:

Understand the concepts of active and passive immunity and their relevance to immunisation practice

List the common diseases against which adults may be immunised, and the indications for immunisation

Describe the conditions under which a nurse can carry out immunisation as a delegated task

Understand the professional issues surrounding immunisation.

Nursing Standard. 11, 29, 50-55. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.29.50.s56

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