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consumers, educational presentations
covering how to respond to queries
about immunisation, and access to the
Australian Immunisation Professionals
Network – an electronic discussion
forum used to disseminate the latest
immunisation information and to
facilitate communication between
health professionals involved in
Immunisation is an effective and
safe method of protecting children
and adults against infectious
diseases. Pharmacists are among
the most accessible health
professionals and are a valuable
and reliable source of information
1. Pharmacists have a role in
promoting the benefits of
a) dispensing vaccines.
b) dismissing parental concerns about
c) providing evidence-based
information and advice about
d) administering vaccinations in the
2. Immunisation is:
a) the process of inhaling small
amounts of a virus through the
nose to induce immunity.
b) the complete process of inducing
immunity against a particular
infection by administering a
c) the process of administering a
d) the ability of the body to fight off
3. Which of the following is
TRUE regarding the safety of
a) There is no evidence of a link
between the MMR vaccine and
b) There is a proven link between the
MMR vaccine and autism.
c) Anti-immunisation messages
target conditions with well known
d) Parental concerns should not be
4. Which of the following is NOT
a common parental concern
b) Risk of adverse events.
c) Risk of conditions of unknown
cause such as autism.
d) Lack of information regarding
A score of 4 out of 5 attracts 1 CPD credit.
5. The Immunise Australia
a) is an initiative of the
Pharmaceutical Society of
b) aims to increase the rate of
immunisation in Australia.
c) developed from the
recommendations of the Victorian
Immunisation Strategy in 1989.
d) provides financial incentives for
pharmacists who increase uptake
of immunisations in their region.
about immunisation for consumers.
It is important that pharmacists
are well informed about the latest
evidence supporting vaccination
to assist in overcoming barriers to
immunisation. The higher the rate
of immunisation, the lower the risk
of disease transmission among
members of the population and
therefore the incidence of serious
complications associated with
1. Australian Government Department of Health and
Ageing, National Health and Medical Research
Council. The Immunisation Handbook. 9th Ed. Canberra:
Australian Government. 2008.
2. World Health Organisation. Fact sheet No 288
Immunisation against disease of public health
importance [online]. 2011. At: www.who.int/
3. Australian Government Department of Health and
Ageing. Immunise Australia Program – frequently asked
questions [online]. 2011. At: www.immunise.health.
4. National Centre for Immunisation, Research and
Surveillance. Vaccine components [online]. 2009. At
5. Australian Government Department of Health
and Ageing. Immunise Australia Program
history of the program [online]. 2011.
6. National Centre for Immunisation, Research and
Surveillance. Myths and realities – responding to
arguments about immunisation [online]. 2011. At www.
7. Australian Government Department of Health and
Ageing. Immunisation coverage report 2007 [online].
2011. At www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.
8. National Centre for Immunisation, Research and
Surveillance. MMR vaccine, inflammatory bowel
disease and autism [online]. 2009. At www.ncirs.edu.
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