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Wiser Immuniser Online Course

The ESPID Wiser Immuniser online course has been created in collaboration with the World Health Organization and is aimed at any health professional involved with vaccination, in particular general practitioners, paediatricians and clinical trainees with an interest or specialty in paediatrics and/or infectious diseases.

The ESPID online course on vaccination aims to provide internet-based training that will:

  • Increase the participant's knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases including clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, treatment, prognosis and public health implications
  • Increase the participant's knowledge of vaccines and their side effects and contraindications
  • Improve the participant's skills in communicating with patients and caregivers about vaccination, including addressing common misconceptions and tackling vaccine hesitancy. 

Registration for this course is now closed.

Coming soon....watch this space


The Wiser Immuniser online course consists of six modules and takes a case-based, interactive approach to key topics in vaccination including clinical presentation of vaccine-preventable disease, the vaccines, adverse events relating to vaccination and advice on communicating with caregivers and patients about vaccination, including ways to tackle vaccine hesitancy.

The modules are:

  1. Module 1: Eliminating measles and rubella and controlling other viral exanthems
  2. Module 2: Preventing sepsis
  3. Module 3: Preventing pertussis (and other toxoid-producing bacteria) File
  4. Module 4: Eradicating poliomyelitis and protecting from rotavirus gastroenteritis
  5. Module 5: Preventing cancers
  6. Module 6: Antenatal immunisation: Protecting infants

Course authors:

Dr. Rebecca Casey - Dr. Simon Drysdale - Dr. Elisa Fernandez-Cooke - Dr. Adam Finn - Professor Ronald de Groot - Professor Paul Heath - Dr. Christine Jones - Dr. Manish Sadarangani - Dr. Abigail Shefer - Emeritus Professor Margaret Stanley - Dr. Johannes Trück - Dr. Timo Vesikari

Many of the authors of the modules are internationally known and respected for their knowledge in the field of infectious diseases and immunisations.

We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. In April 2016, the usefulness of the course overall was rated as 4.48/5 and the enjoyability of the course as 4.3/5. Students can test their knowledge and track their learning with pre- and post-tests for each module, as well as an overall exam for the entire course. Tutors for the six course modules will actively engage in the course with students, via online forums, for one active week per module.


All course material is available in English, and students will have an additional three months to review all modules online at their own pace after active learning has been completed. The course is accredited with 12 CME points by EACCME, an institution of the UEMS.

The certificate of attendance will be available to those who have competed the final course quiz and completed the assessments.

Registration and costs

The cost of the course reflects the importance of the topic and the joint investment in the course by ESPID and the World Health Organization.

The cost is EUR 50 for ESPID members and EUR 30 for concessions.