Globally, Streptococcus pneumoniae remains a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia, sepsis, otitis media, and meningitis. Influenzavirus infection is one of the most common infectious disease in North America. Varicella (chickenpox) is caused by the varicella zoster virus, and following the initial infection during childhood, VZV becomes dormant in the spinal dorsal root ganglia. Reactivation of this virus results in herpes zoster (shingles). Prevention is the most effective strategy for these three global infectious disorders. Vaccines for all three organisms have proven effective and cost-efficient. Healthcare providers must understand the appropriate use, storage, and indications for these vaccines to ensure positive health outcomes for patients.
The goal of this vaccination continuing education program is to provide pharmacists and physicians with information about the pneumococcal, influenza, and herpes zoster vaccines and their indications, contraindications, and administration. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain the pathophysiology of pneumococcus, influenza, and herpes zoster
- Describe how pneumococcus, influenza, and herpes zoster are acquired and methods for prevention
- List the different pneumococcal, influenza, and herpes zoster vaccines, and their indications, dosing, and adverse effects
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists and physicians.
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 04/18/2017; Planned Expiration Date: 04/18/2020
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
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