Vaccination Needs in Older Populations

Older adults are especially susceptible to vaccine-preventable illnesses and vaccine recommendations have been updated to reflect recent advances that impact older people. Clinicians who care for, or interact with, older adults can be advocates for vaccination and should be familiar with the most recent changes to vaccine schedules. Additionally, it’s important that clinicians understand the impact of COVID-19 on vaccinations among older vulnerable patients, and how to reduce their risk for not just COVID-19 but also vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Target Audience

Members of the interprofessional care team, including physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and pharmacists. Other members of the team caring for older patients may also participate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Recall the epidemiology and costs associated with treatment of vaccine-preventable illness in older adults
  • Discuss the biological impact of aging on immunity
  • Identify the current immunization recommendations for influenza and pneumococcal vaccination for adults 65 years or older
  • Evaluate the health care provider’s role in improving vaccination rates in the older adult population

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.50 ANCC
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Pinki J. Bhatt, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Associate Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Bhatt discloses the following:
Grant Recipient/Research Support: Gilead Sciences

Emily Cheshire, DNP, MS, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Clinical Director
University of Colorado College of Nursing

Ms. Cheshire has no financial disclosures to report.

Navaneeth Narayanan, PharmD, MPH, BCIDP, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Dr. Narayanan discloses the following:
Grant Recipient/Research Support: Astellas

Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Policy

According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence.

Accredited Provider Disclosures

Planning Committee
John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD, Wendy Gloffke, PhD and Paul J. Miniter, MS - No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Content Reviewer
Philip Coco, PharmD - No relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests

This activity is provided by American Academy of CME, Inc.

Joint Accreditation Statement


In support of improving patient care, American Academy of CME, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

American Academy of CME, Inc designates this enduring material for 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

Per the American Academy of Physician Assistants, PAs attending an educational activity that has been designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may claim up to the maximum number of credits designated.

ANCC Contact Hours

American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 1.50 ANCC contact hours (1.50-pharmacotherapeutic contact hours).

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16993 for 1.50 contact hours.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.50 ANCC
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