Vaccination is one of the great public health achievements of human history. Vaccines used in national immunization programmes (NIPs) are considered safe and effective when used correctly. Vaccines are, however, not risk-free and adverse events will occasionally occur following vaccination. Public trust in vaccine safety is key to the success of vaccination programmes.

This module serves as an introduction to the whole course. You will learn about the importance of immunization programmes and how vaccines work. You will understand the relationship between vaccine coverage, adverse events and disease spread. You will also learn about the importance of vaccine regulations in ensuring the effectiveness of vaccine initiatives.

Module outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able to: