Developing a Pharmacy Based Immunization Program

About the Course:
This course provides an overview of a pharmacy-based immunization program; it is not designed to cover all situations. Additionally, this course only discusses federal law. Pharmacists must also be familiar with the requirements laid out by their respective state pharmacy laws and practice guidelines.

Learning objectives
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • List at least one key foundation of immunology and how it relates to the practice of vaccination.
  • Distinguish between live and inactive vaccines.
  • Describe at least eight key vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Provide at least two examples of how vaccinations can positively impact the morbidity and mortality of preventable diseases.
  • Identify at least two locations where pharmacy professionals can find the most current vaccine-related information.
  • List at least two contraindications or precautions to consider when using each approved vaccine product.
  • Name at least two advisory panels involved in determining best immunization practices.
  • Discuss the eight essential components in an immunization history and use them to design an appropriate immunization program.
  • Recall three critical concerns to be mindful of when responding to and reporting vaccine-related adverse events.
  • Name the five vaccination-specific facts that must be documented with each vaccine administration.
  • Develop approaches to debunking the 10 common myths about vaccine use.
  • Recognize the two most common adverse events associated with immunizations, and give examples of how to respond to them.
About the Author:
Katie Blair, Pharm.D., R.Ph. is a community pharmacist, consultant and freelance writer who specializes in pharmacy education. She has performed freelance work writing and editing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams, as well as has written and revised continuing education programs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. She has also written for Natural Standard, summarizing research studies on dietary supplements, and working on the company blog.  Dr. Ingersoll-Blair graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 75 percent is needed to obtain a credit.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
  • Through our review process, Colibri Healthcare, LLC ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Colibri Healthcare, LLC's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.


Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).