Release Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016    Expiration Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017

  Program Overview

Vaccines provide an effective and important tool for disease prevention in adults, particularly those at high risk for infections, such as the elderly and smokers, and those with co-morbid condition, such as diabetes mellitus and COPD. However, few adults take advantage of the full potential of vaccines, which can lead to significant clinical consequences due to the underlying disease or its complications. Being in the forefront of community health, primary care providers (PCPs) must lead the way in these efforts by educating their patients about vaccine-preventable diseases and taking proactive measures within their clinical practice to ensure vaccines are given when indicated. Through improved patient-provider communication, PCPs can help to overcome barriers (social, psychological, or cultural) to vaccination.

Target Audience

This activity is designed as a comprehensive approach to address the practice needs of healthcare professionals who are at forefront of caring for adult patients eligible for immunizations and/or at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the clinical consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases in adults, including pneumococcal diseases, herpes zoster, and pertussis
  • Identify adult patients who would benefit from vaccines based on current immunization guidelines and develop an appropriate immunization schedule for those patients
  • Educate adult patients about the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits of immunization
  • Address and minimize patient and health-system barriers to immunizationn

  Educational Format

These Online Presentations are based on a 2015 primary care immunization series.

This online activity is divided into five portable and easy to access episodes:

Episode 1: Call-to-Action: Recognizing the Burden
                   of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

                   Thomas M. File, MD
Episode 2: Pneumococcal Disease
                   Michael D. Hogue, PharmD
Episode 3: Pertussis
                   Thomas M. File, MD
Episode 4: Herpes Zoster
                   Robert H. Hopkins, MD
Episode 5: General Practice Recommendations
                   Michael Donnelly, MD


Michael J. Donnelly, MD, FACP, FAAP
Associate Professor
Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Georgetown University
Associate Director, Med-Peds Residency
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, D.C.

Thomas M. File, Jr., MD, MS, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
Chair, Infectious Disease Division
Summa Health System
Akron, OH
Professor, Internal Medicine
Master Teacher
Chair, Infectious Disease Section
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Rootstown, OH
Past President, NFID
Bethesda, MD

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Samford University
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Birmingham, AL

Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, FACP, FAAP
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Program Director, Med-Peds Residency
UAMS College of Medicine
Little Rock, AR



This 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 the Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd, LLC. Center for Independent Healthcare Education (Center) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Center for Independent Healthcare Education designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 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.

Center for Independent Healthcare Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider for continuing pharmacy education. Center has assigned 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credits for participating in this activity.
ACPE UAN: UAN: 0473-9999-16-002-H01-P
Activity type: Knowledge-based


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Method of Participation and Instruction for Credit

  1. Review the entire CME/CPE information including target audience, learning objectives, and disclosures.
  2. Review each episode.
  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 75%.
  5. Physicians: Certificate of Credit will be emailed within 4 weeks of successful completion of the activity.
  6. Pharmacists: Credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor on the first of every month.

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.

Michael J. Donnelly, MD does not have relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.                                            
Dr. Donnelly discusses  the off-label use of following:  “The CDC ACIP recommended use for Tdap vaccines fall outside the FDA-approved indications.

Thomas M. File, Jr., MD has relevant financial relationships with the following commercial interests:
            Consultant/Scientific Advisory Board Member—Actavis, Cempra, Merck,
            MotifBio, Nabriva,  Pfizer, Tetraphase
Dr. File discusses the off-label use of the following:  “the CDC ACIP recommendation to administer polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccine and zoster vaccine at the same visit if the person is eligible for both vaccines.”

Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD does not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Dr. Hopkins discusses the off-label use of following:  “I will present some material which is not FDA approved, however, all non-FDA approved indications will be in accord with ACIP recommendations for adult vaccines. I will make this distinction clear in my slides and verbally state this distinction when it occurs.

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD has relevant financial relationships with the following commercial interests:
            Grant Recipient/Research Support: Merck & Co.
            Speaker’s Bureau: Pfizer, Inc.
Dr. Hogue discusses the off-label use of following:  “The CDC ACIP recommended use for pneumococcal vaccine and Tdap vaccines fall outside the FDA-approved indications.

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
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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.


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