APhA, Washington State University Launch Program to Prepare Pharmacists for Pediatric Immunizations

Drug Store News (10/01/20) Levy, Sandra

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is working with the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to prepare state-licensed immunizing pharmacists to satisfy educational requirements for administering vaccinations to children aged 3-18 years. The new Pharmacy-based Immunizations for Pediatric Patients program is in compliance with new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Scott Knoer, APhA executive vice president and CEO, said: "When the new HHS guidelines were announced, we moved quickly to put this program in place for our members." The new program meets the minimum of two hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each state licensing period. It provides an assessment of such topics as immunization administration techniques for children and documentation of pediatric vaccinations. More than 375,000 pharmacists have already completed APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Training Program.

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