Immunization administration: A review for pharmacist immunizers

Target Audience:

Pharmacists in community-based practice.

Universal program number: 0401-0000-17-006-H06-P
CE Broker number: 20-586425
Activity type: Knowledge-based

Goal:

To refresh the knowledge and skills of pharmacists in the proper collection of a medication history, administration of immunization products, documentation and counseling to ensure patient safety.

Summary:

The invention of immunization is considered one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.2 In addition, vaccines have been shown to be the most-cost effective preventative service for prevention of disease.3 For every birth cohort that is vaccinated with recommended routine vaccines, society saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 million cases of diseases, reduces direct healthcare costs by $9.9 billion and saves $33.4 billion in indirect costs.3 However, even with all these advances in the United States, approximately 42,000 adults and 300 children die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.3 Those who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated are particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks. This was evident in the 2008 measles outbreak that resulted in 131 reported cases from imported measles — three-fold greater than the previous year.4 In addition, antivaccination movements also have contributed to lower vaccination rates, and herd immunity making individuals more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases within the United States. While the last 20 years of the antivaccine movement, including the controversy surrounding the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine are notable, criticisms of immunizations have occurred almost from the very beginning of the intervention.1 Individuals have objected on religious and moral grounds, and controversies have arisen regarding other vaccinations such as diphtheria and polio, and contributed to lower vaccination rates and risk to public health.1

Learning objectives:
  1. Describe the history of vaccines and the role of pharmacist immunizers.
  2. Review the element of a complete patient history following immunization guidelines to make appropriate immunization recommendations.
  3. Identify tools and steps required for proper immunization administration including documents, forms, supplies and proper documentation.
  4. List immunization safety measures for the immunizing pharmacist and common immunization counseling pearls for patients.
To obtain credit:

To complete the program and receive CPE credit, view all lesson content and complete the learning assessment by submitting answers online. A minimum test score of 70% is needed to obtain credit. After successfully completing the learning assessment, participants must complete a program evaluation and claim the available CPE credit. Participants also must verify personal information required by CPE monitor and/or CE Broker (for Florida license holders) prior to submitting CPE credit claims. Official statements of credit are available only through CPE Monitor located at NABP.net.

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Accreditation:

Drug Store News is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This CPE activity is approved for pharmacists and is worth 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs). The activity is available for CE credit through Aug. 24, 2020.

Course summary
Credit hours: 
  • 1.00 Pharmacist
Course opens: 
08/24/2017
Course format: 
Written Lesson
Course expires: 
08/24/2020
Cost:
$11.95

Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks, PharmD, MBA, clinical pharmacist, Albertsons/ Safeway Pharmacies

Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks and the DSN editorial and continuing education staff do not have any actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this lesson.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Pharmacist

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
08/24/2017
Course expires: 
08/24/2020

Price

Cost:
$11.95
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