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Florida Pharmacists Immunization Course
Vaccine Safety for Pharmacists
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU WILL HAVE 90 DAYS TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE.
In July 2015, Florida House Bill 279 expanded authority of pharmacists to allow for the administration of immunizations and vaccines listed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Adult Immunization Schedule. To become certified, pharmacists must successfully complete an immunization administration certification program of no fewer than 20 hours, approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy. In addition, during each subsequent licensure renewal term, the certified pharmacist must complete a 3-hour course on the safe and effective administration of vaccines, including the use of epinephrine for allergic reactions. Florida Medical Association, Florida Retail Federation and Florida Pharmacy Association collaborated to offer this three-hour online course to fulfill this particular continuing education requirement. This content addresses the safe and effective administration of vaccines with a specific emphasis on all vaccines listed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Adult Immunization Schedule. Influenza. The course also addresses the safe and effective administration of epinephrine by pharmacists when medically necessary.
Please Note: The content of this course will soon be updated to reflect recent changes relating to the Pneumococcal vaccine.
Visit the CDC website for more information - https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/index.html.
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
• Recognize the role that pharmacists can play in the administration of vaccine preventable diseases
• Identify the effectiveness of immunizations in the prevention of various diseases
• Identify specific barriers and misconceptions that can result in under-utilization of vaccinations
• Demonstrate effective communication strategies to overcome and dispel these barriers and misconceptions
• Recognize side effects associated with vaccines
• Describe the available vaccines used to prevent the spread of disease
• Differentiate between live attenuated vaccines and inactivated vaccines
• Provide an overview of each vaccine preventable diseases listed under the CDC
• Recognize patients eligible for vaccines listed under the CDC, including those authorized for emergency use by the FDA
• Educate patients about potential adverse reactions after receiving a vaccine and how to manage them
• Demonstrate the appropriate use of vaccinations safely and effectively
• Use proper techniques for administration of vaccines by the intramuscular and subcutaneous routes
• Explain the recommended methods to ensure proper storage and handling of approved vaccines
• Use epinephrine for an allergic reaction and administer appropriately
• Report immunizations, errors, and adverse events in national databases and registries
• Evaluate patient histories and make patient-specific recommendations based on the appropriate immunization schedule
• Given a patient case, select appropriate vaccines using an ACIP immunization schedule and identify appropriate timing, doses, and routes of administration
• Identify signs and symptoms of adverse events and the emergency procedures immunizing pharmacists must implement to manage/report adverse events
The planners of this activity have nothing to disclose.
The authors/faculty have nothing to disclose.
ACPE UAN #0165-9999-21-113-H06-PInitial Release Date: December 1, 2021
Expiration Date: December 1, 2024
Activity Type: Application based activity
CE Credits: Three (3) Contact Hours or 0.3 CEUs
Estimated Completion Time: Three (3) Hours
Instructions for earning credit:
• Register for the online course as directed
• Provide all requested information (DOB, FL license #, NABP #) to ensure credit is reported properly
• Pay the required course fee of $75
• Review the text-based educational monograph and supporting resources
• Pass the online post-test* with a minimum score of 73% (14 correct out of 19 questions)
• Complete the online evaluation
# Incorrect or missing information can result in additional reporting fees and/or the inability to have the credit reported to CPE Monitor during the required time frame.
*There are three Case Studies in this multiple course exam that can be downloaded and referred to while completing the questions that refer to them. The Case Studies can also be accessed via a link inside of the questions that pertain to them.
|3 Contact Hours or 0.3 CEUs - FL Pharmacy Association ACPE Accreditation:
The Florida Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This activity provides three contact hours of continuing education credit.
ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0165-9999-21-113-H06-P
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