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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 3/31/2019.
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Expiration Date: March 31, 2019
Immunizations are vital to the public health goal of preventing diseases that can cause significant death and disability. In the 19th and 20th centuries, diseases such as influenza whooping cough, measles, mumps, and rubella were prevalent and killed hundreds of thousands of those infected. During the 1918 influenza pandemic, millions of people died worldwide. Today, laboratories responsible for creating annual influenza vaccines must quickly anticipate the ever-evolving viruses. To stop an epidemic, not only do laboratories need to develop the right vaccines, but patients and providers themselves need to make the effort to be vaccinated.
Immunizations protect not only the immunized patient, but also those with whom they come into contact. Vaccines can protect communities as well as individuals, and increases in vaccine administration rates have been shown to significantly reduce morbidity, mortality, and treatment costs.
The purpose of this course is to provide information on historical and current immunizations that affect patient care, including updated recommendations provided by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The course begins with a background on current immunization practice and then presents information about general contraindications and precautions. An overview of immunizations for children, adolescents, adults, and special populations is presented. The course is ideal for nurses involved in the administration of immunizations as well as those who provide care and teaching to anyone who receives immunizations.
Includes Updated Recommendations for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season
- Identify and recognize the most up-to-date, authoritative sources for immunization recommendations
- Select appropriate and current immunization recommendations for specific populations
- Recommend disease prevention and healthful practices to patients
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 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 nurse practitioners. In his previous shared faculty role at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, he 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 APPE and 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.