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Release Date: June 27, 2017
Expiration Date: June 30, 2020
Pediatric immunization schedules are complex and constantly evolving. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updates the immunization schedule for children and adolescents annually, with input and approval from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
It is crucial that registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses who work in settings that provide pediatric care be aware of the most up-to-date recommendations and obtain information about changes from authoritative sources. Without this knowledge, providers may be missing opportunities to immunize children and adolescents.
This course will provide information to the nurse regarding immunization recommendations for children and adolescents, including route and dosing, contraindications, clinical recommendations, clinical options for altered schedules or delayed vaccinations, and distinguishing between immunization myths and facts.
Nurses at all levels of practice require a working knowledge of pediatric immunizations. Registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses employed in a variety of clinical settings, such as home health, general and specialized clinics, pediatrics, adolescent clinics, school health clinics, family practice programs, public health, and emergency departments, have frequent opportunities to both educate parents and immunize children and adolescents.
With updated information, nurses can be instrumental in improving immunization rates in their communities and, as a result, decrease the incidence of immunization-preventable diseases.
Some immunizations, such as those for influenza and tetanus, are common to all stages of the lifespan, and recommendations are similar to those for the adult population. However, questions regarding the timing of specific pediatric immunizations, knowing where to find reliable immunization information, or addressing parental concerns can require additional competency regarding pediatric immunizations.
This course provides information essential to registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses who immunize patients or care for any child or adolescent who is a candidate for immunization.
- Discuss current immunization recommendations for children and adolescents, including route and dosing, contraindications, and clinical recommendations.
- Describe clinical options for altered schedules or delayed vaccinations.
- Distinguish between immunization myths and facts.
Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP, is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and completed a Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) community pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kebodeaux is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Nursing at St. Louis University and coordinator of the advanced pharmacology course for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). In his previous shared faculty role at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Dr. Kebodeaux ran a pharmacist-based clinic that was responsible for the delivery of community-pharmacy-based clinical services, including medication therapy management, health testing, and immunization delivery. Dr. Kebodeaux served as the primary site preceptor at Walgreens for the PGY1 St. Louis College of Pharmacy community residency program and primary preceptor for several Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) student pharmacist rotations. He has completed two separate immunization certifications and is a faculty trainer for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate program.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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.