Overview

The AIP contains a complete listing of publicly funded vaccines and biologicals, and indications for their use.

Immunization policy changes

The Alberta government has introduced new requirements that will standardize practices for all immunization providers, regardless of whether a vaccine is provincially funded or privately purchased

The Immunization Regulation:

  • requires health practitioners to report immunizations and assessments electronically to Alberta Health within a week – effective January 1, 2021
  • requires health practitioners to report adverse events following immunization to Alberta Health Services within 3 days of becoming aware – effective December 17, 2018
  • sets out requirements for the storage, handling and transportation of vaccines – effective December 17, 2018

The regulation will improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of Alberta’s immunization program and was supported by regulatory bodies and stakeholders involved in the consultative process.

Legislation

AIP documents

All current Alberta Immunization Policy documents are hosted on Open Alberta

AIP updates

Introduction to AIP

General principles

History of immunization in Alberta

Vaccine codes

Immunization schedules

Biological products

Botulism

Diphtheria Antitoxin

dTap

dTap-IPV

DTaP-IPV

DTaP-IPV-Hib

DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB

HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Hepatitis A (HAV)

Hepatitis A and B (HABV)

Hepatitis B (HBV)

HPV

Immune Globulin (IG)

Influenza (Flu)

MMR

MMR-Varicella (MMR-Var)

Meningococcal

Pneumococcal

Polio

Rabies

Rotavirus

Td/TdP

Tuberculin

Typhoid

Varicella

Special situations for immunization

Vaccine storage and handling

The Alberta Vaccine Storage and Handling Policy for Provincially Funded Vaccine provides vaccine cold chain storage and handling management guidelines for Alberta immunizers who provide publicly funded vaccine.

Procedure for Alberta Health Services (all community providers excluding pharmacy)

Information on how to report a temperature excursion (cold chain break) is included in the Alberta Health Services Standard for Vaccine Storage and Handling (PDF, 380 KB)

See the Immunization Regulation for specific timeline parameters for reporting of temperature excursions (cold chain breaks).

Adverse events – immunization

The Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Policy for Alberta Immunization Providers document provides AEFI reporting guidance for Alberta immunizers. Data from AEFI reports contribute to provincial immunization program evaluation as well as to the national AEFI surveillance.

How to report an Adverse Event Following Immunization

The Immunization Regulation requires health practitioners to report adverse events following immunization for all vaccines (provincially or non-provincially funded) to Alberta Health Services within 3 days of becoming aware.

Read the Alberta Health Services information on how to report an adverse event following immunization.

Influenza immunization

Pharmacy immunization

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Immunization for 65 years of age and older

Policy for Pharmacists Providing Pneumococcal Polysaccharide 23 Valent vaccine (PDF, 46 KB)

Pneumococcal Decision Tree for Pharmacists (PDF, 113 KB)

Pertussis immunization in pregnancy

Policy for pharmacists providing pertussis (dTap) vaccine for pregnant women

Vaccine storage and handling procedure for pharmacy

In the event of a temperature excursion (cold chain break) for both provincially funded and privately purchased vaccine, contact the manufacturer for viability determination.

Refer to the Alberta Vaccine Storage and Handling Policy for Provincially Funded Vaccine for information on vaccine storage and handling.

Reporting adverse events following immunization

The Immunization Regulation requires health practitioners to report adverse events following immunization for all vaccines (provincially or non-provincially funded) to Alberta Health Services within 3 days of becoming aware.

Learn more on how to report an adverse event following immunization

Alberta Blue Cross Benefact website

Pharmacy providers – Communications/Benefacts

Alberta Pharmacists’ Association Professional Development Courses

RxA Online Learning Catalogue

Contact

Contact the Ministry of Health’s Nurse Consultant for Immunization:
Email: health.imm@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-422-6663