Release Date: Monday, January 9, 2017      Expiration Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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.


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


Upon completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the burden of pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster and identify the various patient types who are particularly vulnerable to infection
  • Describe the latest guideline recommendations for adult immunization for prevention of pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster infection
  • Evaluate strategies to improve adult immunization by incorporating systems in clinical practice to proactively screen patients and administer vaccines according to guideline recommendations

These Online Presentations are based on a 2016 primary care immunization series.

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

Episode 1:
Recognizing the Burden of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Michael D. Hogue, PharmD
Episode 2:
Pneumococcal Disease
Michael D. Hogue, PharmD
Episode 3:
Herpes Zoster
Michael J. Donnelly, MD
Episode 4:
General Practice Recommendations
Michael J. Donnelly, MD


Michael J. Donnelly, MD, FACP, FAAP
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP
Associate Dean, Center for Faith and Health
Professor of Pharmacy
College of Health Sciences
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Samford University
Birmingham, AL




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 1.0 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.

For questions regarding accreditation, please contact


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. Certificate of Credit will be emailed within 4 weeks of successful completion of the activity.

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 does not discuss the off-label uses of any products.

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 does not discuss the off-label uses of any 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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System Check
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Copyright Statement
Copyright © 2017 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. 


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