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Back to School: Routine and Catch-Up Immunization in the Time of COVID-19

  • Authors: Tina Q. Tan, MD; Jeffery A. Goad, PharmD, MPH; Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 12/11/2020
  • Valid for credit through: 12/11/2021
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for pediatricians and primary care clinicians, pharmacists and nurses.

The goal of this activity is to provide clinicians with practical strategies to increase adolescent immunization in their practices and in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for routine vaccination in adolescents
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Applying the appropriate dosing schedule for routine immunizations based on a child's age
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Collaborate with the interprofessional team to increase vaccination rates among adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic


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  • Tina Q. Tan, MD

    Professor of Pediatrics
    Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University
    Infectious Diseases Attending
    Medical Director
    International Patient Services Program
    Medical Director
    International Adoption Clinic
    Travel Medicine Clinic
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois


    Disclosure: Tina Q. Tan, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Received grants for clinical research from: GlaxoSmithKline; Merck; Sanofi Pasteur


  • Jeffery A. Goad, PharmD, MPH

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Pharmacy Practice
    Chapman University School of Pharmacy
    Irvine, California


    Disclosure: Jeffery A. Goad, PharmD, MPH, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Emergent BioSolutions; Valneva
    Served as a speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: Merck

  • Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    Infectious Disease
    Senior Director
    Infection Control
    Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, Minnesota


    Disclosure: Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


  • Gillian Griffith, BA (Mod), MA

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Gillian Griffith, BA (Mod), MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME, CE Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Medscape, LLC staff have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Back to School: Routine and Catch-Up Immunization in the Time of COVID-19

Authors: Tina Q. Tan, MD; Jeffery A. Goad, PharmD, MPH; Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MSFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 12/11/2020

Valid for credit through: 12/11/2021


Educational Impact Challenge

The goal of this activity is to provide clinicians with practical strategies to increase adolescent immunization in their practices and in the context of COVID-19

Before you begin this activity, please assess your clinical knowledge by completing this brief survey. Answering these questions again after the activity will allow you to see what you learned and to compare your answers with those of your peers.

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