Immunization Update: A Focus on Medical Indications for Vaccines in Adults- Pharmacist




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The Healthy People 2030 report, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, includes targets for reducing vaccine preventable disease rates and increasing vaccination rates in all age groups. The report points out that requiring school-age children to get vaccinated, educating adolescents, adults, and older adults about the importance of vaccinations, sending vaccination reminders, and making it easier for people to get vaccines can help increase vaccination rates in our population. Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective clinical preventive services; however, thousands of people in the US do not receive them and suffer – even die – from vaccine preventable diseases. Since 2010, flu-related deaths in the US have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000 per year. Pneumococcal pneumonia leads to about 5,000 deaths every year, mostly among the elderly. As many as 1.4 million people currently suffer from hepatitis B, with liver cancer as a potential complication. A number of communities with pockets of unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children have had measles outbreaks.


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Course Information

Target Audience



Albert T. Bach
PharmD, APh
Jelena Lewis
PharmD, BCACP, APh
Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • List the vaccines and the number of doses that are recommended for young adults, middle aged adults, and older adults. 
  • Discuss vaccine-specific indications and contraindications for patients with altered immunocompetence, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic lung, liver, or kidney disease.
  • Discuss vaccine-specific indications and contraindications for pregnant women, men who have sex with men, and patients with an egg allergy.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0798-0000-21-187-H06-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.