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Immunization Courses: NetConferences, Webcasts, and Self Study


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CDC offers continuing education (CE) credits for several self-study programs on immunization. These can be accessed in a variety of ways: DVD, CD, web-based, and podcasts.

Most CE credit from these programs is free and easy to access through the training and CE online system. If needed, assistance with obtaining CE credit or printing the certificate is available.

Click the course name in the table below to see its description, intended audience, format , CE details, and any needed materials and resources. Other details include registration, objectives, presenters/faculty, and satellite technical specifications, etc.

Terms used on this page are defined at bottom of page.

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Courses

Course Name & link to details
Brief Description
Format
Adolescent Immunizations: A Back-to-School Checklist CE activity for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who recommend or provide vaccinations to preteens and teens. Goals are to improve knowledge of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for vaccination of adolescents and to increase application of the recommended vaccination schedule. Posted: Jul 2012 Webcast - 29:32 minutes
HPV Vaccine: A Shot of Cancer Prevention CE activity for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who recommend or provide vaccinations to preteens and teens. The goals of this activity are to increase clinician recognition of the burden of HPV-related disease and to increase understanding of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for HPV disease prevention through vaccination.
Posted: Aug 2012
Webcast - 18:45 minutes
The Immunization Encounter: Critical Issues Addresses issues related to a routine immunization clinic encounter: Before, during and after. Webcast - 1:21 minutes
Immunization: You Call the Shots A series of modules designed to provide vaccine recommendations, links to resource materials, and self-tests to assess learning. Updated: Feb 2015 Self-paced web-based modules. User friendly. Averaging 60 to 90 minutes per module
Influenza Vaccination Recommendations, 2015-2016 CE Activity for immunization providers.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu can also result in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death. Older adults, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

This recommendation for annual vaccination means that healthcare providers should remain up-to-date with their knowledge of influenza vaccination and practices. The knowledge gap this training addresses includes information every vaccine  provider should know about influenza, the various influenza vaccines, ACIP recommendations, storage and handling requirements, and administration considerations.

Original Broadcast: December 2015
Webcast – about 32 minutes
Keys to Storing and Handling Your Vaccine Supply Designed to decrease vaccine storage and handling errors and preserve the nation's vaccine supply by demonstrating to  immunization providers the recommended best practices for storage and handling of vaccines. (Video is a winner of the Winter/Spring 2014 Web Health Award) Posted May 2014 Webcast - about 45 minutes
Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinators Orientation Series The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) was established in 1990 by CDC. This series is designed to present both practice-based and program oriented content for the new PHBPP Coordinator. This self-directed web-based series will allow both new and experienced coordinators to improve their knowledge of perinatal hepatitis B and program management skills. New: Dec 2014 Webcasts
Pertussis: Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis — Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations CE activity for immunization providers. This course reviews the clinical presentation of pertussis, how to test and treat appropriately, and who to vaccinate and when. Participants will also learn about emerging trends in pertussis reporting across the U.S. Original Broadcast: November 2014 Webcast - about 45 minutes
Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases The key information needed by public health staff charged with surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Broadcast: Feb 2012
Webcast
Teaching Immunization for Medical Education (TIME) Ready-to-use instructional materials that can be integrated into existing medical school curricula. Available from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. Multi-station clinical teaching scenarios targeting medical students
You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention CE activity for immunization providers. Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. CDC is looking to you to make an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old. Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to reduce missed opportunities by recommending HPV vaccine the same way and same day you recommend other routinely recommended adolescent vaccines. Original Broadcast: Apr 2016 Webcast - about 40 minutes
Webinar Series for Pink Book This online series of 15 webinars provides an overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.
Posted: Oct 2015
Fifteen 60 to 90 minute modules, available as webinars

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Course Descriptions, Links, and Resources

Adolescent Immunizations: A Back-to-School Checklist

MEDSCAPE CME: This CME activity is a roundtable discussion on adolescent vaccines developed for distribution on Medscape. It can be accessed at "MedscapeCME" at http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/767661External Web Site Policy

Target Audience: This activity is intended for all healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, pharmacists) in a position to recommend and/or provide vaccinations to adolescents.

Description: CE activity for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who recommend or provide vaccinations to preteens and teens. Goals are to improve knowledge of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for vaccination of adolescents and to increase application of the recommended vaccination schedule.

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply the ACIP recommendations for routine adolescent immunizations
  2. Identify approaches that could be used in clinical settings to improve vaccination rates among adolescents

CME: CME released: 7/25/2012; Credit expired: 7/25/2013. CE is no longer available for this product.

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HPV Vaccine: A Shot of Cancer Prevention

MEDSCAPE CME: This CME activity is a roundtable discussion on HPV vaccine developed for distribution on Medscape. It can be accessed at "MedscapeCME" at http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/768633External Web Site Policy

Target Audience: This activity is intended for pediatricians, physicians in primary care and family medicine, pediatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment, management, and prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related disease in adolescents and/or young men and women at risk for HPV infection.

Description: CE activity for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who recommend or provide vaccinations to preteens and teens. The goals of this activity are to increase clinician recognition of the burden of HPV-related disease and to increase understanding of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for HPV disease prevention through vaccination.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the cancer risks that have been linked to HPV infection
  2. Apply the ACIP recommendations for HPV immunization to practice

CME: CME released: 8/10/2012; Credit expired: 8/10/2013. CE is no longer available for this product.

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Immunization Update

Description: Update highlighting current and late-breaking immunization issues.

Audience: Immunization Providers (Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician’s Assistants, DoD Paraprofessionals, Medical Students, etc.)

Format: Archived Webcast

Produced by: CDC

CME: CE is no longer available for this product.

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Immunization: You Call the Shots

Description: This web-based course is an interactive, self-study program consisting of a series of modules covering all aspects of immunization. The modules provide basic vaccine content, links to resource materials, a comprehensive glossary, and self-tests to assess learning.

Audience: Practicing nurses and nursing students, medical assistants, pharmacists, and other health professionals who provide immunizations. The course is designed for immunization providers who are new to immunization or for those who need a refresher.

Format: Interactive web-based program.

Produced by: The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, in collaboration with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

To view or order: More information and link to all available modules

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Influenza Vaccination Recommendations, 2015-2016

Target Audience: Immunization Providers (Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician’s Assistants, DoD Paraprofessionals, Medical Students, etc.)

Description: Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu can also result in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death. Older adults, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

This recommendation for annual vaccination means that healthcare providers should remain up-to-date with their knowledge of influenza vaccination and practices. The knowledge gap this training addresses includes information every vaccine  provider should know about influenza, the various influenza vaccines, ACIP recommendations, storage and handling requirements, and administration considerations.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’  influenza vaccine recommendations.       
  • Describe the benefits of influenza vaccination. 
  • Describe best practices in influenza vaccine storage, handling, and administration.          
  • Implement disease detection and prevention health care services (e.g., smoking cessation, weight reduction, diabetes screening, blood pressure screening, immunization services) to prevent health problems and maintain health.

CME: Valid through October 29, 2017.

Video, transcript, and CE details: Influenza Vaccination Recommendations course #WD2589

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Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinators Orientation Series

Target Audience: Immunization Providers (Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician’s Assistants, DoD Paraprofessionals, Medical Students, etc.)

Description: The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) was established in 1990 by CDC. This series is designed to present both practice-based and program oriented content for the new PHBPP Coordinator. This self-directed web-based series will allow both new and experienced coordinators to improve their knowledge of perinatal hepatitis B and program management skills.

CME: Valid through December 8, 2016.

Video, transcript, and CE details: Perinatal Hepatitis B course

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Pertussis: Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis — Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations

Target Audience: Immunization Providers (Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician’s Assistants, DoD Paraprofessionals, Medical Students, etc.)

Description: CE activity for immunization providers. This course reviews the clinical presentation of pertussis, how to test and treat appropriately, and who to vaccinate and when. Participants will also learn about emerging trends in pertussis reporting across the U.S.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe historical and emerging trends in pertussis epidemiology.
  2. List the main symptoms of pertussis by age group.
  3. Identify how to optimize use of pertussis diagnostic tests.
  4. Identify those to prioritize for pertussis chemoprophylaxis.
  5. Describe treatment recommendations for pertussis.
  6. List pertussis vaccine recommendations made by the ACIP.
  7. Obtain, assess and apply patient information to determine the need for pertussis immunization.

CME: Valid through November 27, 2016.

Video, transcript, and CE details: Pertussis course # WD2450

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Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Description: Provides guidelines for vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, case investigation, and outbreak control.

Audience: Physicians, infection control practitioners, nurses, epidemiologists, laboratorians, sanitarians, disease reporters, and others who are involved in surveillance and reporting of VPDs.

Format: Archived Webcast

Produced by: CDC

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Teaching Immunization for Medical Education (TIME)

Description: This curriculum is designed for use in medical schools to support immunization instruction. The TIME modules provide ready-to-use instructional materials that can be integrated into existing medical curricula. The modules include vaccine indications and contraindications, immunization schedules, and recommendations on efficient ways to increase vaccination levels.

The materials provide student objectives, learning objectives, key teaching points, and resources.

Audience: Schools of Medicine

Format: Download from Internet

Produced by: The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the CDC.

To view or order: For information and to download a free copy, visit the APTR website

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You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention

Target Audience: Immunization Providers (Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician’s Assistants, DoD Paraprofessionals, Medical Students, etc.)

Description: Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. CDC is looking to you to make an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old. Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to reduce missed opportunities by recommending HPV vaccine the same way and same day you recommend other routinely recommended adolescent vaccines.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain in plain language, the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention and the rationale for vaccinating at ages 11 or 12.
  2. Provide an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination.
  3. Describe useful and compelling information about HPV vaccination to succinctly answer questions from parents and aid parents in making the decision to vaccinate their children.
  4. Implement disease detection and prevention health care services (e.g., smoking cessation, weight reduction, diabetes screening, blood pressure screening, immunization services) to prevent health problems and maintain health.

CME: Valid through April 21, 2018.

Video, transcript, and CE details: HPV course #WD2670

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Terms Used on This Page

Broadcast:

Broadcasts use streaming video (played as it arrives vs. waiting for entire file to be downloaded) techniques, and you can "tune it in" using something like RealPlayer. CDC's immunization training broadcasts are offered live. Recorded sessions are archived to be played again if you missed the live session. Broadcasts are scheduled and delivered on demand.

CE:

Continuing Education (CE). Certification programs are designed to provide training to individuals, who are required to have and maintain specific levels of knowledge and skills in their job categories, often as a legal requirement to perform their duties. Certification programs may carry credits, and may be prerequisites for licensure. Requirements vary by state and profession. Disclaimer: This is a general definition and not necessarily CDC's or an organizations'.

CME/CNE:

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. Continuing Nurses Education (CNE). Educational opportunities for physicians and other health professionals (CME), nurses and nurse students (CNE) to earn required continuing professional education credits. Continuing CNE and CME requirements vary from state to state. Disclaimer: This is a general definition and not necessarily CDC's or an organizations'.

CEU:

Continuing Education Units (CEU). Certain professions require that practitioners earn a specific number of CEUs per year to ensure that they are up-to-date with current practices in their field. Proof of credits earned is necessary in order to renew a license or certification. The annual number of CEUs required varies by state and profession. Disclaimer: This is a general definition and not necessarily CDC's or an organizations'.

NetConference:

CDC's immunization training courses use a NetConference service that reserves for a specified date and time for a limited number of participants. A NetConference Coordinator monitors the session and is available to assist the presenters and participants. You can view the presentation slides while listening to the presenters. After the presentation concludes, the presenters address participant's questions.

On Demand:

Training sessions are made available to you whenever you need it. An example is a TV show that can be watched whenever you want.

Podcast:

Podcasting is a form of audio broadcasting on the internet. An audio broadcast can be downloaded on your computer with some music software such as Media Player or iTunes.

Questions and Answers:

Questions submitted during NetConference/webcasts, including faxed and e-mailed questions not answered on-air.

Resources:

Links to resources discussed during the broadcasts/webcasts.

Streaming Technology:

Data streaming, commonly seen in the forms of audio and video streaming, is when a multimedia file can be played back without being completely downloaded first. An example is watching and listening to videos via YouTube in ‘real time'.

Slides:

PowerPoint presentations for each segment of the broadcasts/webcasts.

Updates and Clarifications:

Information that has changed since the broadcasts/webcasts, and explanations or clarifications of topics discussed during the webcast.

Webcast:

A webcast is a presentation shown on the web using streaming technology to many listeners/viewers at the same time. You can see it either live or ‘on demand'. Essentially, webcasting is “broadcasting” over the Internet. It does not allow interaction between you and the presenter.

Webinar:

Short for web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the web. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements: the ability to give, receive and discuss information.

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