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Immunization Updates for Pharmacists

Whether you have been administering immunizations for years, or recently completed immunization training, it’s important to keep up-to-date on changes in vaccine products and ACIP (CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) immunization recommendations.  As a reminder, a pharmacist who plans to administer immunizations in Ohio must be able to document that he/she meets the training criteria for each immunization that will be administered. Ohio Administrative Code, paragraph (C) of rule 4729-5-36 requires a pharmacist or pharmacy intern to complete additional coursework if his/her current certification does not include training on that particular immunization. 


In addition to a board-approved Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations, OPA offers a variety of ways to keep your practice current:

  1. Home-study continuing education articles on vaccine recommendations and products (these also qualify as supplemental training for vaccines that were not included in a pharmacist/intern’s, previous training)

Immunizations for Selected Vaccine-Preventable Diseases provides background information on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases and a working knowledge of influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis A & B, meningococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, zoster, measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines. Note: This article is a component of the current OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations. Credit:  0.4 CEU

Immunizations for HPV, Varicella, Hib, and Polio

Note: This article is a component of the current OPF Pharmacist Training Program for Immunizations.  Credit:  0.15 CEU       

Immunizations for Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Cholera and Rabies   Credit:  0.15 CEU


  1. Vaccine error prevention continuing education article that also qualifies for State Board patient/medication safety CPE credit

Recognizing and Preventing Vaccine Errors provides information on identification of vaccine errors, including “errors of omission,” and strategies to prevent them.

Note. This article was included in the June 2017 Ohio Pharmacist journal. Credit:  0.15 CEU 


  1. Protocol package which includes draft protocols and administration records for each of the vaccines in the recommended immunization schedules for persons seven years of age and older. This package was updated as of August 2017 to include the new ACIP recommendations for the 2017-18 influenza season, hepatitis B, HPV, meningococcal and Tdap vaccines.

A second protocol package is available which includes protocols and administration records for travel (cholera, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, yellow fever) and rabies vaccines.


  1. Webinars to meet the annual training requirement of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard.  Two sessions are still available this year: October 12 at 11:00 a.m. and November 17 at 3:00 p.m.


The home-study articles and protocol packages are available for purchase on the OPA website at under the Immunization Quick Link.  Registration for the OSHA training webinars is available at the following link: Rx CE onDemand.

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November 5, 2017

2017 OPA Midyear Meeting

Makoy Center, Hilliard

November 14, 2017

Pharmacist Legislative Day 2017

November 17, 2017

Live Webinar: Required OSHA Training for Immunizing Pharmacists

April 20-22, 2018

140th OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH

April 5-7, 2019

141st OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show (Tentative)

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH