Regional Immunization Manual

Competency #1 - The Immune System and Vaccines

Competency:  Explains how vaccines work using basic knowledge of immune system.

Learning Objectives

The health professional will be able to perform the following:

  • Compare and contrast innate and adaptive immunity
  • Differentiate between the primary and memory immune response to a vaccine.
  • Differentiate between passive and active immunity.
  • Explain why some vaccines induce a memory response while others do not.
  • Name some host- and vaccine-related factors that affect the immune response to vaccines.
  • Explain how the immunization schedule accommodates factors that affect the immune response to vaccines.
  • Respond to the concern that giving too many vaccines will overload the immune system.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of immunity gained through immunization as opposed to wild-type infection.

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