Vaccination for Pneumococcus, Shingles and Influenza - CMEZ-PH124

Vaccination for Pneumococcus, Shingles and Influenza

by Esther Kim, PharmD and Troy Kish, PharmD,
(4.6 / 67 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (3.00 Credits)
Physician (3.00 Credits)

Price: $33.00
CE-PRO Price: $16.50


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

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 3.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 6/7/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/21/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/21/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Eric M - Noth Hollywood, CA  ·  Aug 30, 2019
very relevant information for all practices
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Elaine S - Oradell, NJ  ·  Jul 20, 2019
would have preferred more detailed information concerning medications
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Lorretta O - Burleson, TX  ·  Jun 14, 2019
good knowledge, keep it up, I really like it.
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ino h - mIAMI bEACH , FL  ·  Jan 08, 2019
Really enjoyed this course and learned some good info
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Shantell W - Groveland, FL  ·  Dec 30, 2018
Good review of vaccination requirements and administration
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Price: $33.00
CE-PRO Price: $16.50