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Vaccination Needs in the Older Adult: The Pharmacist’s Role

Provided by American Academy of CME, Inc.

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi-Pasteur.

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Activity Description

In providing clinical services, pharmacists need to stay aware and up-to-date in the current best-practices for immunization provision, particularly for older adults. The advent of novel vaccine formulations, new dosage forms and vaccine products, and evolving clinical guideline recommendations, coupled with low vaccination rates among individuals of this vulnerable population, demonstrate identified gaps and a need for pharmacist education to help address these issues and promote the public health. Continuing professional education can improve knowledge regarding immunization recommendations for older adults.

Activity Faculty Educator

Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Clinical Associate Professor
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of pharmacists. Other healthcare professionals may also participate.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in the activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Recall the epidemiology and costs associated with treatment of vaccine-preventable illness in older adults
  • Discuss the biological impact of aging on immunity
  • Identify the current immunization recommendations for influenza, pneumococcal, herpes zoster, and pertussis vaccination for adults 65 years or older
  • Evaluate the role of the pharmacist in improving vaccination rates in the older adult population

Accreditation and Credit Designation

acpeAmerican Academy of CME, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity provides 1.25 contact hours (0.125 CEUs) of continuing education credit. ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0297-0000-18-009-H01-P-Knowledge

Disclosure Statement

According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are able to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence. Disclosures are as follows:

Faculty Educator
Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

Michelle L. Kohute, PharmD, BCCCP
No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Planning Committee
John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, Wendy Gloffke, PhD and Paul J. Miniter, MS
No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

This activity will not review off-label or investigational information.


The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty, and do not represent those of the Academy. This activity is intended as a supplement to existing knowledge, published information, and practice guidelines. Learners should appraise the information presented critically and draw conclusions only after careful consideration of all available scientific information.

Method of Participation

There are no fees to participate in the activity.  Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CPE credit for your participation, please complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade of 70% or greater), and program evaluation. Your participation statement can be printed immediately. For pharmacists, a statement of credit will be issued through CPE Monitor in 6-8 weeks. Only learners who provided valid NABP e-Profile ID numbers and month and day of birth (MMDD) will be submitted to CPE Monitor for official record of credit.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Please ensure the computer you plan to use meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 98 or higher & Macintosh 2.2 or higher
  • Internet Browser (Mac &/Windows): Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0.6 or higher, Firefox 3.0.3 or higher & Opera 5 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible
  • Monitor Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 or higher
  • Media Viewing Requirements: Adobe Reader, Microsoft Powerpoint, Flash Player & HTML5


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© 2018. This CPE-certified activity is held as copyrighted © by American Academy of CME, Inc. Through this notice, the Academy grants permission of its use for educational purposes only. These materials may not be used, in whole or in part, for any commercial purposes without prior permission in writing from the copyright owner(s).