All persons 6 months of age or older should get an influenza vaccination every year. Universal influenza vaccination has been the recommendation since early 2010, when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to expand protection against influenza in the U.S. Despite this recommendation, in 2012 only 35% of U.S. adults had received a flu vaccination by early to mid-November. Vaccination rates in U.S. children have also been lower than expected; in 2012, only 40% of children aged 6 months or older received a vaccine by mid-November.
Pharmacists can play a key role in promoting and maintaining high immunization rates. Staying current on new influenza developments, including new vaccine products and recommended immunization schedules, is critical for guiding patients. This issue provides key information on the vaccines available for the 2013-2014 flu season including precautions, side effects, and use in special populations.
- Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Registered Nurses
CE activities for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians:
This continuing education (CE) activity meets the requirements of all state boards of pharmacy for approved continuing education hours. CE credit is automatically reported to CPE Monitor.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for formally approved continuing education (CE) hours, and CE hours of pharmacotherapeutics.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) for acceptable, accredited CE.
- The ANCC requires all advanced practice nursing certificants (CNSs and NPs) to complete 25 CE hours of pharmacotherapeutics as a portion of the required 75 continuing education hours.
- Pharmacology CE is recommended by the AANPCP and will be required for Certificants renewing certification starting January 2017.
- Most State Boards of Nursing require a minimum number of pharmacy contact hours to renew an advanced practice license.
Requirements for CE Credit
- Describe the symptoms of influenza and the patient groups at high risk for complications. Counsel patients about how they can protect themselves and others from influenza.
- State the dosing requirements (children and adults), administration routes, and contraindications for influenza vaccination. Discuss the vaccines available for the 2013-2014 season.
- Describe the safety, efficacy, and common side effects of influenza vaccines.
- Discuss influenza vaccine considerations for immuno-compromised patients, the elderly, and pregnant women.
Colleen M. Terriff, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)
Disclosure : Dr Terriff is a reviewer for Lexi-Comp, Inc. and Pharmaceutical Coordinator for the Spokane City Department of Emergency Management/MMRS.
Pamela Mausner, MD
Brief Bio : Pamela Mausner, MD; Medical Writer/Editor and Healthcare Advocate; and Associate Editor, The Rx Consultant.
Disclosure : Dr.Mausner reports no financial relationship with the manufacturer(s) or provider(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) that appear in this issue.
Tracy Farnen, PharmD
Brief Bio : Tracy Farnen, PharmD; Managing Editor, The Rx Consultant.
Disclosure : Dr. Farnen reports no financial relationship with the manufacturer(s) or provider(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) that appear in this issue.