2017 Influenza Update for Immunizers
Adverse Events Following Immunizations (AEFI)
First, determine if the reaction meets reporting criteria:
To report an AEFI:
- Print a copy of the "Report of Adverse Event Following Immunization" form.
- Complete according to the User Guide
- Mail or fax the completed form within 48 hours to Population and Public Health Immunization Clinician at 306-655-4139:
South East Public Health Office
3006 Taylor Street East
SASKATOON SK S7H 4J2
- Retian a copy until you receive the DMHO recommendations.
- Inform the client of DMHO recommendations.
Influenza Information Booklet
Access the information sent to medical offices regarding this year's influenza program.
Complete the appropriate Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Request form (links below) and fax to 306-655-4711. Deadline for initial order was October 3, 2017. Once initial vaccine order is released, requests for additional vaccine can be faxed every Monday starting October 30, 2017. Vaccine pick up every Thursday starting November 2, 2017.
Influenza vaccine will be released to your office only if your fridge temperature has remained stable for at least one week. (see details below)
Vaccine Storage and Handling
Vaccines must be stored and handled correctly. Vaccine Refrigerator Temperature Logs must be faxed to 306-655-4711 on the first day of each month. See more details inside the Information booklet about maintaining cold chain as well as packing and transportation of vaccines.
Notify Public Health immediately about vaccine cold chain breaks at 306-655-4149 or 306-655-4760. A cold chain break occurs if your fridge temperature is outside the 2 and 8 degree centigrade range. Bag all vaccines affected by the cold chain break and label bag "Do Not Use". Keep the bag stored in the fridge while awaiting recommendations. Complete and fax the Vaccine Cold Chain Interruption Incident Report to 306-655-4711.
Vaccine Wastage Report Fax in the first day of each month to 306-655-4711 if you had instances where the vaccine was wasted. (e.g. aspirated blood or client refused after drawn up).
Long Term Care Reporting
Long Term Care Homes need to report the number of influenza immunizations every Monday using the form below: