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Course Overview

Vaccination against pneumococcus, herpes zoster, and influenza are important measures to keep healthy and to guard against potentially devastating infectious illnesses. This module is designed to inform healthcare professionals about these diseases and provide updated information regarding currently available vaccine therapies.

About the Course Author

Johnny earned his B.S. Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has earned certificates in Medication Therapy Management, Immunizations, and Asthma Therapy Management. He serves as Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services for Relias and has over 15 years of experience serving in areas of behavioral health including as a psychiatric consultant pharmacist and the pharmaceutical industry. He develops clinical analytic solutions and provides clinical considerations. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors for CMHCs and other medical organizations. He has also served as a cardiovascular consultant pharmacist, pharmacy manager, as an APPE preceptor, and on the college of pharmacy dean’s advisory council. Johnny J. Bethea, II, BSPharm has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

The content for this course was revised by Relias staff writer Stephanie Smith, MS, BSN, RN CPN. She has been a nurse for 25 years. Stephanie trained in New York as a Licensed Practical Nurse where she practiced pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Nursing Leadership and Administration from Excelsior College in New York and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN). She is Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified and is a former PALS instructor. Her clinical expertise is in acute pediatric medical surgical nursing and case management for children with medical complexity. She most recently worked at Duke Children’s Hospital as a Nurse Clinician before coming to Relias.

Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.

    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the pneumococcal, influenza, and herpes zoster vaccines, and their indications, dosing, administration, and contraindications; Explain the etiology and epidemiology of pneumococcus, influenza, and herpes zoster; List steps for disease prevention and patient education
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Pneumococcus
    Etiology and Epidemiology
    Pneumococcal Vaccines
    Vaccine Schedule
    Adverse Effects, Contraindications, and Precautions
    Prevention and Patient Education
    Section 3: Influenza (Flu)
    Etiology and Epidemiology
    Influenza Vaccines
    Vaccine Schedule
    Adverse Effects, Contraindications, and Precautions
    Prevention and Patient Education
    Section 4: Herpes Zoster
    Etiology and Epidemiology
    Herpes Zoster Vaccines
    Vaccine Schedule
    Adverse Effects, Contraindications, and Precautions
    Prevention and Patient Education
    Section 5: Professional Responsibility
    Section 6: Clinical Vignette
    Section 7: Conclusion
    Course Contributors


  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Pharmacists; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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