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Encouraging Pneumococcal Vaccination

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Pneumococcal vaccination coverages rates in the United States are suboptimal for a variety of reasons. In this second of 2 podcasts, a vaccines expert discusses barriers to pneumococcal vaccination—especially in the younger, risk-based population—and provides specific strategies providers can implement to help improve pneumococcal vaccination coverage rates in an effort to decrease the burden of pneumococcal disease.

Physician Assistants: maximum of 0.25 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credits Registered Nurses: 0.25 Nursing contact hours, includes 0.25 hour of pharmacology credit

Released: February 09, 2022

Expiration: February 08, 2023

No longer available for credit.



Martin C. Mahoney

Martin C. Mahoney, MD, PhD

Professor of Oncology
Department of Internal Medicine
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Buffalo, New York

Tracey M. Piparo

Tracey M. Piparo, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Division of Palliative Medicine
RWJ Barnabas Health
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Immediate Past President
New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants
Allentown, New Jersey


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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Target Audience

NPs and PAs in Primary Care

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Implement strategies for vaccine uptake, including shared decision-making, on pneumococcal disease vaccination in patients at risk


All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) are required to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. All relevant conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PCE policy. 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 available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Dr Mahoney: consulting fees: Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi.

Ms Piparo has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

None of the members of the Planning Committee or PCE staff have any relevant relationships to disclose.

Instructions for Credit

Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:

  1. Listen to the content in its entirety
  2. Relate the content material to the learning objectives
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form

The estimated time to complete this activity is 0.25 hours.

Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of 100%.

Release date: February 9, 2022
Expiration date: February 8, 2023




The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Practicing Clinicians Exchange or any educational supporter.



Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint AccreditationIn support of improving patient care, Practicing Clinicians Exchange 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

NP course advisor: Mary D. Knudtson, DNSc, NP, FAAN, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California

Nursing contact hours: 0.25, which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology credit

AAPA Credit Designation

Joint AccreditationPracticing Clinicians Exchange 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 0.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until February 8, 2023. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

IPCE Credit Designation
IPCEThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Additional Information

Program Medium

This program has been made available online.