Immunization Update 2019

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meets three times each year to review, vote upon, and approve immunization recommendations. Updates to immunization recommendations and recent outbreaks both serve as reminders of the importance of staying up to date with immunization practices. Pharmacists have a responsibility to follow immunization guidelines and incorporate best practices when administering vaccines. This article provides an overview of the recent changes in vaccine recommendations and immunization practices.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the pharmacist will be able to:

  1. List the changes made to the 2019 immunization schedules recommended for children/adolescents and
  2. Review surveillance data from the 2018-2019 influenza season in terms of severity and vaccine effectiveness.
  3. Describe the characteristics of the new hexavalent pediatric vaccine.
  4. Describe the data related to the FDA age indication expansion for 9vHPV vaccine.
  5. Identify individuals that are at higher risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to recent outbreaks.

Activity type: Knowledge-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning level: 1

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-167-H06-P.

To obtain credit for Immunization Update 2019, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not 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: June 1, 2019
Expiration date: June 1, 2022 - NO CREDIT GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE


Immunization Update 2019 is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.

Advisory Board

Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, Clinical Associate Professor of pharmacy practice
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, Edwardsville
Adam Welch, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, Associate Dean for Assessment and Academic Affairs
East Tennessee State University, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN


Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD; Adam Welch, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, and APhA’s Government Affairs and 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 complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


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

System Requirements

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