Any doctor who has done the online yellow fever vaccination training module on the ACRRM website will be aware of this resource.
It’s a straight-forward, one-page pdf that presents a set of questions you need to ask the patient to see whether there are any contraindications to them receiving the yellow fever vaccination or indeed any live vaccine.
The checklist has been derived from information in the Australian Immunisation Handbook, and it is both succinct and comprehensive.
The versatility of this resource lies in the fact GPs have a number of live vaccines they might be asked to administer in addition to yellow fever. Most recently the shingles vaccine hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, having mistakenly been given to patients who were immunosuppressed. This would not have happened if the right questions had been asked beforehand. And with outbreaks of measles being reported worldwide, it is not uncommon for patients especially travellers requesting immunisation with this live vaccine.
The checklist itself is all familiar information but it is one of those great reminder mechanisms to make sure every question that should be asked is indeed asked.
Handy to have this downloaded in your documents and if you have a practice nurse, they should probably have access to this as well if they don’t already have a pre-live vaccine checklist.
>> Access the resource here