A Providers Guide to Immunizations in Minnesota
Guidelines for administering vaccine and handling vaccine reactions
Proper vaccine preparation, site and route selection, needle length, and injection techniques are essential to the appropriate administration of vaccines. Being ready to handle rare reactions is essential.
Key Resources for Vaccine Administration
- Be There For Your Child During Shots
A brochure for parents to help prepare their child for shots, including what they can do before, during, and after the shots. Not available online but can be ordered using the Immunization Materials for Use with the Public order form.
- Vaccine Product Summary (PDF)
Summary chart showing each vaccine's generic and brand names, manufacturer, age group licensed to receive, dosing information, and administration route.
- How to Administer IM (Intramuscular) Injections and SQ (Subcutaneous) Injections - Illustrated! (PDF)
An illustrated guide to administering IM and SQ injections.
- Infant and Toddler Immunization Site Map
Illustrated site maps for giving vaccinations to infants and toddlers. (California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch)
- Teen and Adult Immunization Site Map
Illustrated site maps for giving vaccinations to teens and adults. (California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch)
- VAERS Information for Healthcare Providers
Includes a listing of post-vaccination adverse events by vaccine.
- Report an Adverse Event
Two ways to submit an online report to VAERS.
- Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults (Video by the California Department of Public Health)
Not included in the guide, but a good resource guide to vaccine administration techniques. Focuses on the skills and techniques needed for vaccine administration. Use it for training and orientation, or as a refresher for more experienced staff. Available for purchase on DVD (25 minutes) from the Immunization Action Coalition.