|Price:|| $25.95|| ||Hours:||3 Contact Hours|
Start Date: September 16, 2016
Expiration Date: September 15, 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 pharmacists involved in the administration of immunizations as well as those who provide care and teaching to anyone who receives immunizations.
Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-16-005-H01-P
Type of Activity - Knowledge
Topic Designator - 01 – Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
Includes Updated Recommendations for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||2 Contact Hours|
Start Date: July 27, 2017
Expiration Date: July 27, 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 pharmacists 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 pharmacists 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.
Pharmacists require a working knowledge of pediatric immunizations. Pharmacists employed in a variety of settings have frequent opportunities to both educate parents and immunize children and adolescents.
With updated information, pharmacists 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 pharmacists who immunize patients or care for any child or adolescent who is a candidate for immunization.
Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-17-001-H06-P
Type of Activity - Knowledge
Topic Designator - 06 – Immunizations