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Immunization Updates 2015: Pediatrics & Adolescents

Immunization Updates 2015: Pediatrics & Adolescents

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


Author(s)/Faculty: Robert B. Belshe, MD; Gary S. Marshall, MD; Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD; Terry C. Dixon, MD, PhD
Source: Healio - Pediatrics Education Lab
Type: MonographArticles/Items: 7
Release Date: 9/15/2015Expiration Date: 9/15/2016
Credit Type: CENumber of Credits: 1.5
Cost: FreeProvider: Vindico Medical Education

Despite the proven remarkable effectiveness of vaccines and the striking global impact of immunization campaigns in eradicating/reducing incidence of disease worldwide, underimmunization among children and adolescents still represents a significant challenge. Underimmunization not only leads to increased risk for disease in these populations, but also threatens the immunity thresholds needed to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable infections. Barriers to achieve full vaccine coverage in children are similar to those of adolescents: lack of parental knowledge of vaccine-preventable disease, concerns/misinformation about vaccines and financial issues, health care professionals’ uncertainties regarding most updated immunization schedules/recommendations, and reduced parental communication with health care providers.

Given this scenario, and considering the relevant role that clinicians’ and nurses’ knowledge plays in influencing immunization acceptance by parents, it is critical for these health care professionals to be aware of practicalities related to immunization, current immunization schedules and recommendations to ensure coverage of eligible patients, as well as advances in available immunizations for children and adolescents. Furthermore, given that parental attitudes also constitute a key factor in vaccine uptake, health care providers should be able to implement effective communication techniques to educate parents on vaccine safety and health benefits of immunization.

In this CME/CNE/CE activity, leading experts discuss current schedules, recommendations, and advancements on influenza, HPV, rotavirus, and MMR/MMRV immunizations in children and adolescents, as well as successful communication approaches to educate parents on the benefits of these vaccines.

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