Back to Adult Immunization Update 2016-2017: What the Pharmacist Needs to Know
This one and a half-hour online module is designed to enhance the skills and resources of immunizing pharmacists. Pharmacists play a key role in immunizing adult patients in the outpatient setting. For example, pharmacists are authorized to administer the influenza vaccine in all 52 U.S. states and territories. Many states also permit pharmacists to administer other vaccines, including the pneumococcal, zoster, and Td/Tdap vaccines. More than 185,000 U.S. pharmacists are trained to administer vaccines. Several state boards of pharmacy require that pharmacists continue to earn immunization-specific continuing pharmacy education credit as a part of their license renewal.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) convenes three times each year and makes recommendations related to vaccines. Recommendations include updates to the vaccine schedule, as well as precautions and contraindications to administration of vaccines. Given this continually evolving information regarding immunization, timely education is essential to assist pharmacists seeking to practice according to the most current vaccine recommendations.
- Summarize recent changes to vaccine recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Discuss meningococcal vaccine schedules for adolescents.
- Review the efficacy of vaccinations for the prevention of pertussis.
- Describe the pharmacist’s role in communicating the public health benefits of vaccines.
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