10.1.1  Infant immunization card

The infant immunization card (or vaccination card) is a small card that contains relevant information about the child and his or her immunization history. It is kept by the mother or other principle caregiver of the infant. It shows:

  • a unique identification number (card number)
  • name of the infant
  • its birth date
  • its sex
  • name and address of mother/parent
  • date that infant was protected at birth (PAB) from neonatal tetanus
  • date of each subsequent immunization and vitamin A supplement given
  • date when the next immunization is due.

The cards may vary slightly, and some may show additional information, such as the age of the mother and dates of her TT immunizations (Figure 10.2).

Figure 10.2  Sample infant immunization card used in some parts of Ethiopia. Note that DPT-HepB-Hib vaccine is referred to as pentavalent vaccine on some cards. (Federal Ministry of Health, supplied by Dr Amha Mekasha)

We now consider how you should complete the infant immunization card. You should write down the date for each vaccine administered, or vitamin A supplement given. Include doses of TT given to the mother if she is eligible for a dose. Mark the next appointment date on the card and tell the mother when and where to return for the next dose of the vaccine. Make sure that the appointment date corresponds to a planned immunization session. Remind the mother verbally as well as by writing on the card. Always return the card to the mother or caregiver.

10.1  EPI recording tools

10.1.2  The EPI Registration Book