Who Calls the Shots? Safe Practices with Vaccines

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunizations prevent between 2 and 3 million deaths per year. [WHO Global Attention on Immunization.}  Despite this success, many children and adults in the US remain vulnerable to the 17 vaccine-preventable diseases. Some people are vulnerable because they have not been offered vaccinations; others opt-out of recommended immunizations based in large part on misinformation. However, errors with vaccines can also result in unintended and unrecognized vulnerability, leaving patients unprotected against serious diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, cervical cancer, and many others.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1.       Discuss the most frequently reported types of vaccines errors
  2.       Identify the vaccines that are most often involved in errors
  3.       Describe the factors that contribute to vaccine errors
  4.       Explain safe practice recommendations to prevent vaccine errors
  5.       Identify strategies and systems that can be put in place to prevent vaccine administration errors from happening

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level:  2

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.The following home study is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-17-118-H05-P

To obtain 2.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit (0.20 CEUs) for completing " Who Calls the Shots? Safe Practices with Vaccines," complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, evaluation questions, and CLAIM credit. Participants will need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. Please visit CPE Monitor for your statement of credit/transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: February 1, 2017
Expiration date: February 1, 2020 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


"Who Calls the Shots? Safe Practices with Vaccines” is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Donna Horn, RPh, DPh
Director, Patient Safety – Community Pharmacy
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Horsham, PA

Advisory Board

Karen M. Ryle, MS, RPh
Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Ambulatory Care/Pharmacy
Massachusetts General Hospital
East Walpole, MA


Donna Horn, RPh, DPh, and Karen M. Ryle, MS, RPh, declare no conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and no financial interests in any company, product, or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

APhA's editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest, real or apparent, and no financial interests in any company, product, or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.

Activity Fee

There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for non-members.

System Requirements

Computer and Internet access is required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the System Requirements to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-17-118-H05-P 0.2 CEUs February 01, 2017 - February 01, 2020