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Expiration Date: January 31, 2017
Nurses employed in a variety of clinical settings, such as home health, general and specialized clinics, pediatrics, public health, school health, and emergency departments, have frequent opportunities to immunize children and adolescents as well as to educate parents. This course provides nurses with the most up-to-date information regarding pediatric immunizations.
The course begins with immunization guidelines for children 0 to 6 years old and provides a recommended immunization schedule for this age group. Nurses will learn about the availability, route, dosing, and contraindications of vaccinations for hepatitis A and B; rotavirus; Haemophilus influenza Type B; Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus); poliovirus; varicella; diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; and measles, mumps, and rubella. This is followed by immunization guidelines for 7- to 18-year-olds for human papillomavirus; meningococcal; influenza; and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Nurses will gain tips for remembering routes of administration for immunizations, and the course provides recommended responses for nurses to use when parents voice common myths about immunization. Nurses will also learn about immunization registries, which allow providers of healthcare services access to centrally located immunization records when making immunization decisions. With the knowledge gained in this course, nurses can be instrumental in improving immunization rates in their communities and, as a result, decrease the incidence of preventable diseases.
- Identify current immunization guidelines for children age 0-18 years.
- Discuss the appropriate routes for administration of various immunizations.
- Recognize contraindications for pediatric immunizations.
- Summarize common parental questions and concerns regarding immunizations and provide responses for addressing both.
- Recognize the usefulness of immunization registries as a clinical tool.
Karlen E. Luthy, DNP, FNP, is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University’s College of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner at Hillside Medical Clinic in Salem, Utah. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and serves as the co-chair and newsletter editor of the Immunization Group. She is also a member of the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and is currently the Chair of the Utah County Immunization Coalition.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.