Training Overview

  • Audience:Public health nurses, local boards of health, and other professionals involved in population health
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RN, RS
  • Learning level: Awareness
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Companion training:None
  • Supplemental materials:

This training provides information to local boards of health (LBOH) and public health workers responsible for managing and administering vaccines in Massachusetts. It describes how immunity develops and explains how vaccinations work. It also details the legal responsibilities of LBOH and provides guidelines for managing clinics where vaccines are administered.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • List the benefits of vaccines
  • Differentiate between active immunity, passive immunity, and the concept of community immunity
  • Distinguish between live attenuated and inactivated vaccines and contraindications and precautions
  • Describe the possible adverse events associated with vaccination and how to report them
  • List the roles and responsibilities of LBOH in the area of vaccine management
  • Outline the steps involved in implementing a community-based clinic
  • Describe the process of LBOH obtaining reimbursement for vaccination service
  • Explain providers’ legal responsibility for reporting to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS)
  • Describe vaccine ordering and vaccine administration documentation

Subject Matter Experts

  • Immunization Program
    Bureau of Infectious Disease
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.”This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.