Immunization Information Systems: What They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter (Home Study)

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Immunization Information Systems (IISs) are databases, sometimes called registries, that maintain confidential records of all immunizations that are administered to patients in a given region (e.g., a state) or locality.  The data maintained in IISs can be used as a powerful tool for assessing individual or population health and developing and implementing health improvement strategies. In this webinar, three experts will discuss the importance of reporting patients’ vaccinations, utilization of the data in assessing patients’ immunization status, and how to overcome challenges to meaningful use of IIS data.  

Learning Objectives

After participating in Immunization Information Systems: What They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter (Home Study), the pharmacist will be able to:

  1.      Explain the importance of IISs, including opportunities and challenges related to meaningful use of IIS data.
  2.      Describe the fundamental principles and functions of Immunization Information Systems (IISs).
  3.      Discuss current regulatory and practice expectations of practitioners for reporting and accessing IIS data.

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 (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). This home study CPE activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Numbers for this learning activity is 0202-9999-17-136-H04-P.

To obtain CPE credit for "Immunization Information Systems: What They Are, What They Do, and Why They Mattercomplete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, answer evaluation questions, and CLAIM credit. Participants will need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After your credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.   

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education examination. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the examination a third time. All exam questions are randomized and may not appear in the same order as printed. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. 

Initial release date: May 3, 2017
Expiration date: April 19, 2020 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


"Immunization Information Systems: What They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter (Home Study)" is a continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


This webinar was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, IH23IP000984, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.


Jeff Goad, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, FCPhA, FCSHP, declares that he has received honorarium as a speaker for Merck Vaccines. 

David Kim, MD, MA, Rebecca Coyle, MSEd, and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, please visit the APhA website at . 

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development, and Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer, at the American Pharmacists Association.


This activity is free for members and non-members.

System Requirements

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

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-9999-17-136-H04-P 0.15 CEUs April 19, 2017 - April 19, 2020