Pharmacy: Pediatric Immunizations, 2nd Edition

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About Course #Y8040

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.

Pharmacists employed in a variety of settings have frequent opportunities to both educate parents and 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. 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. 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

Course Objectives

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

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).

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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