The Expanded Programme of Immunization
In this study session you are going to look at the vaccines covered in the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) and their schedule of administration. You will then go on to learn how to check a child's immunization status and understand when it is necessary to provide a child with a vaccine on the same day of the visit. You should be aware that the terms 'immunization' and 'vaccination' can be used interchangeably, so you will see both terms used in this study session.
Every child should complete his or her full vaccination before the age of one year.
Ideally, every child must complete his or her full vaccination before celebrating their first birthday. Therefore you must check every child when you meet them in their home or at the health post. You need to check whether they have been vaccinated against the EPI diseases and if not, you should give any missed vaccinations on the same day of the visit.