Alberta Immunization Policy

The Alberta Immunization Policy (AIP) outlines the policies for providing publicly-funded immunizations in Alberta.

Overview

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

  • The AIP is revised as new research and national recommendations become available –
    • always referencing the current version
    • check this page regularly for updates
  • Check the Canadian Immunization Guide for more information about immunization.

Immunization policy changes

In fall 2016, amendments were made to the Public Health Act to address how vaccines are delivered and provided to Albertans.

A new immunization regulation is being developed to outline requirements for all vaccines administered in Alberta. These requirements include:

  • Reporting – health practitioners who provide immunizations must report information about all immunizations given.
  • Adverse Event Following Immunization reporting – any health practitioner who becomes aware of an Adverse Event Following Immunization must report the event.
  • Cold Chain Management – persons who handle, transport or store vaccines must follow protocols developed to ensure vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Immunizers will be required to follow immunization schedules posted by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Immunization schedules specify eligibility for provincially funded vaccines.

AIP documents

  • All current Alberta Immunization Policy documents are hosted on Open Alberta

AIP updates

Introduction to AIP

  • AIP Background
    • Federal Leadership
    • Provincial Leadership
    • Alberta Immunization Strategy (AIS)
    • Legislative Authority

Immunization goals and rates for Alberta

Immunization schedules

General immunization guidelines

Immunization of individuals with inadequate immunization records

Contraindications and precautions to immunization

Access for biological products after hours

Biological products

Special situations for immunization

Adverse event following immunization policy and procedures

Policy

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.

Procedure for all community providers

Complete an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) form and send it to your Alberta Health Services (AHS) Zone for review. Information on how and when to report an AEFI, and the definitions of reportable AEFI in Alberta are included in the AEFI Policy. Contact your AHS Zone for more information.

History of immunization in Alberta

Provisions of immunization in Alberta

Vaccine codes

Cold chain management policy and procedures

Policy

The Alberta Vaccine Cold Chain Policy provides vaccine cold chain management guidelines for Alberta immunizers. Data from cold chain break reports contribute to provincial immunization program evaluation and quality assurance through the monitoring of public-funded vaccine storage and handling.

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

Information on how and when to report a Cold Chain Break is included in the Alberta Health Services Standard for Vaccine Storage and Handling.

Procedure for pharmacy

Complete the Pharmacy Cold Chain Break Report Form and send it to Alberta Health for review.

Alberta Health contact

Nurse Consultant Immunization
Email: health.imm@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-422-6663
Phone: 780-427-4297

For more information on cold chain practices, see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Cold Chain Management Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines

Influenza Immunization Policy