What's the policy at your office regarding giving immunizations? I work in a pediatrician's office and am the only nurse there. A couple of weeks ago the doctor got called away to the hospital during office hours. He left just as I was giving one of my little patients her 1 year MMR vaccine. About 5 minutes after the doctor left she became very flushed...enough to worry the mom and scare the living daylights out of me. I've always relied on the doctor to be responsible in case something went wrong during immunizations. With him gone, I really worried. (thank the Lord the child was fine, don't know why she flushed) He now wants me to do flu shots when he's not in the office. I've refused, but ideally I should. I could shoot a lot of kids on his day off.
How should I go about this? Is a medical directive enough to cover me should a child react to the vaccine I give? I do know how to handle severe allergic reactions and we do have all the equipment and medication needed. Or should I keep playing it safe and not do it when he's not there?
I'm an RN BTW.