Release Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Expiration Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020

Educational Overview
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer and responsible for several other types of cancer in men and women. The CDC estimates that 80 million Americans are infected with at least one type of HPV, and 14 million are newly infected each year. Immunization remains the most effective method for disease prevention. Among younger adults, vaccination can reduce the risk of HPV infection and help minimize the burden of certain cancers. Older adults are susceptible to pneumococcal disease, which causes substantial morbidity and mortality in this patient population. To decrease the burden of preventable diseases in adults, primary care providers (PCPs) must be adept in identifying patients who are eligible for immunization. This activity will increase knowledge and competence of PCPs in reducing the burden and preventing these infections in adults.

Target Audience
This activity is designed as a comprehensive approach to address the practice needs of primary care providers, including primary care physicians, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals, who are at the forefront of caring for adult patients eligible for immunizations and/or at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the educational activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Evaluate the latest clinical research on the impact of HPV vaccination in the prevention of various types of cancer in men and women
  • Identify strategies to adhere to ACIP HPV vaccination recommendations and overcome barriers by both healthcare providers and patients to vaccinate younger adults
  • Describe the clinical consequences of pneumococcal disease and its associated complications among older adults
  • State the latest ACIP recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination among older adults

Educational Format

This online presentation builds competence, confidence, and skills in the understanding of how to utilize patient-provider communication and therapeutic approaches to improve patient health outcomes while reducing disease burden.
It is divided into two sections:

  1. Preventing HPV infection and its consequences among younger adults
    1. Impact of HPV vaccination on prevention of cancer types
    2. Strategies to adhere to ACIP HPV vaccine recommendations
  2. Minimizing the burden of pneumococcal disease in older adults
    1. Costs and complications associated with pneumococcal disease in the elderly
    2. Maximizing opportunities to prevent pneumococcal disease through vaccination


Rachel Caskey, MD, MAPP

Chief, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL





aetghThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Center for Independent Healthcare Education (Center) and Vemco MedEd. Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Center designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.


Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioners will receive certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as this is an ACCME accredited program and its accreditation is recognized by Nurse Practitioner boards.

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Method of Participation and Instruction for Credit

  1. Review the entire CME information including target audience, learning objectives, and disclosures.
  2. Review the activity in its entirety.
  3. Complete the Online Post Test, Evaluation, and Credit Application form
  4. Please note that to receive credit you must achieve a score of at least 70%.
  5. Certificate of Credit will be emailed to you within 4 weeks.


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with policies set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Center for Independent Healthcare Education requires all faculty members and spouses/significant others with an opportunity to affect the content of a continuing education activity to disclose any relevant financial relationships during the past 12 months with commercial interests. A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, reselling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Relationships with commercial interests and conflicts of interest resulting from those relationships must be revealed to the audience and resolved prior to the activity.

Relevant relationships include roles such as speaker, author, consultant, independent contractor (including research), employee, investor, advisory committee member, board member, review panelist, and investigator. If a potential speaker or author indicates a possible conflict of interest, the conflict will be resolved by choosing another speaker or author for that topical area, or the slides, handouts, and/or monograph will be reviewed and approved by a qualified commercially-disinterested peer.


Dr. Rachel Caskey does not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Caskey does not discuss off-label uses of products.

No (other) speakers, authors, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


There is no fee to participate in this activity.

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Copyright Statement
Copyright © 2019 Vemco MedEd. All Rights Reserved. Permission for accreditation use granted to Center for Independent Healthcare Education.

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Joint Providership
This activity is jointly provided by Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.



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