Pneumococcal Disease: Prevalence and Prevention – A Wheel of Knowledge Challenge!

0.50 CME
0.50 CPE
$0 FEE
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Wheel of Knowledge Challenge


Provider Statement

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education

Support Statement

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

Activity Description

Pneumococcal disease poses a burden to the community throughout the year, especially in those with chronic underlying conditions. Due to the high persistent burden of disease, pneumococcal pneumonia—particularly non-bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia—continues to be a major public health concern. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk for pneumococcal diseases and are therefore eligible for immunization in most countries. However, clinicians are often unaware of the burden of pneumococcal disease and the patient populations who are at highest risk for disease. They also may lack understanding of the safe and effective use of pneumococcal disease vaccination, and may not know how to utilize effective strategies to educate patients about pneumococcal disease and increase their vaccine confidence. Moreover, clinicians may not be aware of the current guideline recommendations for best practices regarding the use of pneumococcal vaccination, and they may be unaware of the new and emerging pneumococcal vaccines, thus resulting in suboptimal care for their patients. In this game-based CME activity, participants will answer questions on the burden of pneumococcal disease, the latest ACIP recommendations regarding the optimal use of pneumococcal disease strategies in both normal- and high-risk patients, as well as strategies to educate patients about pneumococcal disease.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is family medicine physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with pneumococcal disease.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Review the burden of pneumococcal disease and patient populations who are at high risk for disease.
  • Incorporate the safe and effective use of pneumococcal disease vaccination, as per Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations, in both normal- and high-risk patients.
  • Utilize effective strategies that educate patients about pneumococcal disease and increase their vaccine confidence.

Activity Co-Chairs

Cassandra Calabrese, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Rheumatology and Infectious Disease
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

John J. Russell, MD, FAAFP
Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Abington – Jefferson Health
Abington, PA


Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP

Jennifer Frederick, PharmD, BCPS


Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vindico  Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

abimSuccessful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 0.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Participants who opt-in will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.

This program is acceptable for 0.5 contact hour(s) of ACPE Continuing Education Credit. The ACPE Universal Program Number is 0482-0000-21-026-H01-P, effective 11/15/2021. This is a knowledge-based activity and there is no fee to attend.

Vindico Medical Education will provide pharmacist credits claimed information directly to the ACPE through CPE Monitor within 30 days.

Nurse practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). AANPCB will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.5 hour(s) credit for completing this program.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, November 15, 2021, to November 14, 2022.

How to Participate in This Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the polling and pretest questions, view the content, and complete the posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 75% of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ certificate or ACPE Statement of Credit.


Vindico Medical Education adheres to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a continuing education activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others, are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Activity Co-Chairs report the following relationship(s)

Cassandra Calabrese, DO
Consultant: Sanofi Genzyme
Speaker Contracted by Ineligible Company: Sanofi Genzyme

John J. Russell, MD, FAAFP
Advisor: Sanofi
Speaker Contracted by Ineligible Company: Sanofi

Planners/Reviewers report the following relationship(s)

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Jennifer Frederick, PharmD, BCPS
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s)

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non–FDA-approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2021 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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