New Mexico Immunization Program Website
Provider Online Education
and School Requirements
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
Provider Quality Improvement (CASA)
New VFC Vaccine Information (CDC/ACIP)
NMSIIS Technical Information
Proper management and storage of vaccines is critical to maintaining their biological potency. The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is designed to provide guidance to immunization providers on aspects of vaccine storage and handling, transportation, equipment, standard operating procedures and training for personnel.
Providers who wish to provide training and updates for Medical Assistants may use an on-line training course on immunizations developed by the California Department of Public Health.
Medical Assistants or other staff may register and take the courses at www.eziz.org.
Effective vaccination requires adherence to specific protocols for each vaccine that define appropriate routes of administration, numbers of shots needed and intervals between shots, when vaccination is not recommended, and who should not receive them.
The 2011 NM Department of Health Immunization Protocols contains approved protocols for childhood vaccines, including DTaP, Dt, Td, Tdap , inactivated Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Meningococcal conjugate, Rotavirus, and HPV.
The use of combination vaccines significantly reduces the number of shots that are required to bring a child up to date. However, some providers are confused about the use of combination vaccines. This Quick Reference for Using Combination Vaccines developed by the Michigan Immunization Program provides guidance on the use of combination vaccines.
The childhood schedule and vaccines used in Mexico are different from those used in the US. For help in interpreting Mexican shot records, use the 2013 CDC Bi-national Immunization Guide which compares the recommended US childhood schedule and vaccines with those used in Mexico.
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