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Vaccination Needs in Older Populations

Provided by American Academy of CME, Inc.

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck.

Release date

October 8, 2020

Expiration date

October 8, 2021

Estimated time to complete

1.5 hours

Activity Description

Older adults are especially susceptible to vaccine-preventable illnesses and vaccine recommendations have been updated to reflect recent advances that impact older people. Clinicians who care for, or interact with, older adults can be advocates for vaccination and should be familiar with the most recent changes to vaccine schedules. Additionally, it’s important that members of the care team recognize the impact of COVID-19 on vaccinations among older vulnerable patients, and how to reduce their risk for not just COVID-19 but also vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Faculty Educators

Pinki J. Bhatt, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Associate Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, New Brunswick, NJ

Pinki J. Bhatt is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Allergy/Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in New Brunswick, NJ. She is also an Associate Program Director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program for the Department of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Emily Cheshire, DNP, MS, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Clinical Director
University of Colorado College of Nursing

Emily Cheshire is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She is also Clinical Director for the Campus Health Center and Belleview Point clinics, and provides primary care to patients at Lakewood Family Practice.  Her professional experience includes both clinical and leadership positions for a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, a torture treatment center, and Locum Tenans staffing company.  She is bilingual and worked internationally in Uganda, Tanzania and Costa Rica.  Her published doctoral work focused on cardiovascular risk assessment among persons living with HIV/AIDs. She enjoys speaking on practice transformation, quality improvement and developing relationships across the healthcare spectrum to minimize healthcare disparities.

Navaneeth Narayanan, PharmD, MPH, BCIDP, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Navaneeth (Nav) Narayanan is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and jointly practices as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist and Antimicrobial Stewardship Co-Director at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an Adjunct Faculty/Medical Consultant for the Global Tuberculosis Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  He also serves as an Advisor for the CLSI Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee.  

Target Audience

This activity is designed for the interprofessional care team comprised of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and advanced practice providers engaged in the care of older adults. Other members of the care team may also participate.

Learning objectives

Upon completing this activity, learners should be better able to:

  1. Recall the epidemiology and costs associated with treatment of vaccine-preventable illness in older adults
  2. Discuss the biological impact of aging on immunity
  3. Identify the current immunization recommendations for influenza and pneumococcal vaccination for adults 65 years or older
  4. Evaluate the health care provider’s role in improving vaccination rates in the older adult population


Joint Accreditation StatementIn support of improving patient care, American Academy of CME, Inc. 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.


Pharmacist Continuing Education Accreditation Statement

acpeThis activity provides 1.5 ACPE contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of continuing education credit. Universal Activity Number List: JA4008191-0000-20-008-H01-P Application.


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:

Pinki J. Bhatt, MD has the following disclosures to report:
Grant Recipient/Research Support–Gilead Sciences

Emily Cheshire, DNP, MS, FNP-BC has no financial disclosures to report.

Navaneeth Narayanan, PharmD, MPH, BCPS has the following disclosures to report:
Grant Recipient/Research Support-Astellas

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

Content Reviewer
Philip Coco, PharmD
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 certificate 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.

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