The importance of vaccinating at-risk adults against pneumococcal disease cannot be overstated. Each year thousands of people die unnecessarily as the result of pneumococcal infections. Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines recommending immunization of these populations, vaccination rates remain less than optimal, particularly among younger adults who are at risk for the disease. This case-based activity addresses strategies for implementing the recommendations and increasing coverage in eligible individuals.
Case study with interactive benchmarking
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Describe the scheduling of pneumococcal conjugate 13-valent and pneumococcal polysaccharide 23-valent vaccines for relevant risk groups
- Implement the ACIP recommendations for administration of pneumococcal vaccines in adults
- Make strong recommendations for pneumococcal immunization to all at-risk adults after understanding the importance of vaccinating this population to prevent pneumococcal disease
NPs and PAs
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Continuing Education Alliance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
ANCC Credit Designation
Nursing contact hours: 0.50, which includes 0.50 hours of pharmacology credit
CNE course advisor: Mary Knudtson, DNSc, NP, FAAN
AAPA Credit Designation
Continuing Education Alliance has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until September 10, 2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
PA Planner: Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C
IPCE Credit Designation
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck.
Practicing Clinicians Exchange gratefully acknowledges Miller Medical Communications, LLC, for their contributions as educational partners for this program.
The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or any educational supporter.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Continuing Education Alliance are required to disclose to the audience any relevant support or substantial relationships with providers of commercial products and/or devices discussed in this activity and/or with any commercial supporters of the activity. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and planning committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias, and based upon all the available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
None of the members of the Planning Committee or CE Alliance staff have any relevant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the content in its entirety
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form online
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 67%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 0.50 hours.
Release date: September 10, 2019
Expiration date: September 10, 2020
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