Preventing the Herpes Zoster Virus via Vaccination: The Role of the Retail Pharmacist as Patient Advocate, Identifier, Educator, and Immunizer

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Pharmacy Times, August 2018 Pain Awareness, Volume 84, Issue 8

FACULTY

Tania H. Gregorian, PharmD Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Department of Pharmacy Practice Chapman University School of Pharmacy Irvine, California

Nancy A. Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Department of Pharmacy Practice Assistant Dean, Professional, External Relations and Strategy Chapman University School of Pharmacy Irvine, California

Gary Fong, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Department of Pharmacy Practice Chapman University School of Pharmacy Irvine, California

Sharon Xavioer, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Department of Pharmacy Practice Chapman University School of Pharmacy Irvine, California

Jeff Goad, PharmD, MPH, Professor and Chair Department of Pharmacy Practice Chapman University School of Pharmacy Irvine, California

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Examine the incidence and negative impact of herpes zoster (HZ), especially postherpetic neuralgia, on affected patients
  • Identify the indications, dosage, administration, and potential adverse effects associated with the FDA-approved HZ vaccines
  • Explain various strategies that pharmacists can implement to increase vaccination rates for HZ as well as their roles as patient advocates, identifiers, educators, and immunizers

TARGET AUDIENCE: Retail pharmacists

ACTIVITY TYPE: Application

RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2018

EXPIRATION DATE: August 8, 2019

ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY: 2.0 hours

FEE: This lesson is offered for free at www.pharmacytimes.org.