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

Pharmacy Times, August 2013 Pain Awareness, Volume 79, Issue 8

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

Disclosures

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

Faculty

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:

  • Examine the burden of influenza and patient populations at risk for influenza-related complications.
  • Discuss currently available influenza vaccinations and interpret the most current influenza immunization schedule.
  • Analyze the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved with pharmacy-based immunization programs.
  • Review proper vaccine dose preparation and injection technique.
  • 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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