Pharmacist-Administered Influenza Immunizations: Staying One Jab Ahead of the Flu Season

Published Online: Monday, August 12, 2013
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This activity is supported by an educational grant from MedImmune Biologics Inc, Novartis Vaccines, and Sanofi Pasteur US.

Pharmacist-Administered Influenza Immunizations: Staying One Jab Ahead of the Flu Season

Shilpa Amara, PharmD
Drug Information Specialist
Barnabas Health
South Plainfield, New Jersey

Henry Leach, PharmD
Pharmacy Resident
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
Toms River, New Jersey

The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Shilpa Amara, PharmD
Henry Leach, PharmD

Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Planning Staff
Evelyn R. Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Professor, Chair, Continuing Education Committee

Mary Barna Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Co-Chair, Continuing Education Committee

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education

Planning Staff
Judy V. Lum, MPA, and Elena Beyzarov, PharmD

Pharmacy Times Editorial Staff
Kirk McKay and David Allikas

An anonymous peer reviewer was part of the content validation and conflict resolution. The peer reviewer has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Examine the burden of influenza and patient populations at risk for influenza-related complications.
  2. Discuss currently available influenza vaccinations and interpret the most current influenza immunization schedule.
  3. Analyze the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved with pharmacy-based immunization programs.
  4. Review proper vaccine dose preparation and injection technique.
  5. Describe the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination and understand emergency procedures for adverse event management.

Target audience: Pharmacists
Type of activity: Knowledge
Release date: August 12, 2013
Expiration date: August 12, 2015
Estimated time to complete activity: 2 hours
Fee: Free

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