Whether you have been administering immunizations for years, or recently completed immunization training, it’s important to keep up-to-date on changes in vaccine products and ACIP (CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) immunization recommendations. As a reminder, a pharmacist who plans to administer immunizations in Ohio must be able to document that he/she meets the training criteria for each immunization that will be administered. Ohio Administrative Code, paragraph (C) of rule 4729-5-36 requires a pharmacist or pharmacy intern to complete additional coursework if his/her current certification does not include training on that particular immunization.
In addition to a board-approved Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations, OPA offers a variety of ways to keep your practice current:
• Immunizations for Selected Vaccine-Preventable Diseases provides background information on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases and a working knowledge of influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis A & B, meningococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, zoster, measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines. Note: This article is a component of the current OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations. Credit: 0.4 CEU
• Immunizations for HPV, Varicella, Hib, and Polio
Note: This article is a component of the current OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations. Credit: 0.15 CEU
•Immunizations for Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Cholera and Rabies Credit: 0.15 CEU
• Recognizing and Preventing Vaccine Errors provides information on identification of vaccine errors, including “errors of omission,” and strategies to prevent them.
Note. This article was included in the June 2017 Ohio Pharmacist journal. Credit: 0.15 CEU
A second protocol package is available which includes protocols and administration records for travel (cholera, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, yellow fever) and rabies vaccines.
The home-study articles and protocol packages are available for purchase on the OPA website at www.ohiopharmacists.org under the Immunization Quick Link. Registration for the OSHA training webinars is available at the following link: Rx CE onDemand.