Travel Immunization

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A doctor’s office has hired you to provide immunizations. Your client, Mrs. Jones, is planning to travel and has requested a Twinrix vaccine. You have successfully completed BC Centre for Disease Control's Immunization Competency Course. You have a doctor’s order and the competencies to safely administer this vaccine. Can you provide this travel vaccine?

 

A: Yes, LPNs can administer travel vaccines if an MD is immediately available.

That’s not correct. LPNs no longer require an RN, NP or MD’s supervision to provide immunizations. LPNs, however, need to be aware of CLPNBC’s limits and conditions for administering immunizations and Standards for Acting with an Order. See pages 16 and 23 of the Scope of Practice.

B: No, LPNs do not administer travel vaccines.

That’s not correct. LPNs compound, dispense or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease in travelers with an order from an authorized health professional. See page 23 of the Scope of Practice.

C: Yes, LPNs can administer travel vaccines with an order from an authorized health professional.

Correct! LPNs compound, dispense or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease in travelers with an order from an authorized health professional. See pages 16 and 23 of the Scope of Practice.

D: No, only RNs can administer travel vaccines.

That’s not correct. LPNs compound, dispense or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease in travelers with an order from an authorized health professional. See page 23 of the Scope of Practice.

LPNs who provide immunizations must complete the BCCDC Online Immunization Competency Course.

LPNs do not compound, dispense or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease in travelers without an order.