Sunday, October 18, 2009

Immunology: Reviewing the basics

The Canadian nursing examination often includes basic questions on immunology and vaccinology.   
To prepare for the exam, the basic principles of how vaccines work should be reviewed, as well as the following definitions:

-Active vs Passive Immunity
-Active vs. Passive Immunizing agents

The Canadian RN exam often reflects the current healthcare situation in Canada.  When West Nile was prominent, the exam began to have some West Nile questions.  After SARs, some SARs questions were on the exam.  Looking at the current health situation, it is likely that H1N1 questions will also start showing up on the examination.  

Currently the public health agency of Canada has a very good write up on H1N1 and the Canadian vaccine program.