Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunizations

Courtney, an LPN, is hired to provide influenza and pneumococcal immunizations to the public. Courtney has successfully completed BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC’s) immunization course and received a certificate of completion. She knows CLPNBC limits and conditions allow LPNs to compound or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease without an order.

What's next?

  • Courtney explains the procedure to her client and obtains consent
  • Courtney follows BCCDC decision support tools and employer policy
  • Courtney administers the immunization
  • Courtney observes her client for 15 minutes to check for an allergic reaction
  • Courtney documents the procedure on the client’s health record

What is Entry-Level Practice?

Entry-level practical nursing education programs include minimal information about immunological agents.

Which CLPNBC limits conditions apply?

LPNs compound or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease:

  1. After successfully completing BCCDC’s basic immunization course
  2. By following BCCDC decision support tools

LPNs only administer routine scheduled immunizations to clients four years of age and older.

LPNs refer clients who are off-schedule with their routine immunizations to another health professional.

LPNs do not compound, dispense or administer immunoprophylactic agents for the purpose of preventing disease in travelers. 

 

Photo "2013 Flu Shot" by Governor Steve Beshear.