Immunization Update 2020

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meets three times each year where immunization recommendations are reviewed, voted upon, and approved. Updates to immunization recommendations and recent declines in immunization rates 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 into their practice 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 knowledg-based activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define shared clinical decision making (SCDM) as it relates to immunizations.
  2. Describe the change in recommendation for use of PCV13 and PPSV23 among adults aged 65 years and older
  3. Describe the data related to the ACIP recommendations to use Tdap/Td for decennial booster doses
  4. Discuss surveillance data from the 2019–2020 influenza season in terms of severity and vaccine effectiveness
  5. List CDC recommendations for providing immunizations during a pandemic 
  6. Discuss updated Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and FDA recommendations and approvals

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 0202-0000-20-330-H06-P.  

To obtain credit for Immunization Update 2020, 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: November 1, 2020
Expiration date: November 1, 2023 - No credit can be earned after this date


Immunization Update 2020 is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association


Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, Adam C. Welch, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, 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 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 to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-330-H06-P 0.2 CEUs November 01, 2020 - November 01, 2023