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Pneumococcal Immunization in Pediatrics: Updates and Recommendations

  • Authors: Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM; Dana DeShon, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
  • CME / CE Released: 1/5/2023
  • Valid for credit through: 1/5/2024
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  • Credits Available

    Physicians - maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    Nurses - 0.50 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (0.5 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

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    • Letter of Completion

Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for pediatricians, primary care physicians, pulmonologists, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to recommend pneumococcal vaccination for their pediatric patients.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations regarding standard and catch-up pneumococcal vaccinations
    • Serotypes most likely to cause invasive pneumococcal disease
    • Differences in serotype coverage among available pneumococcal vaccines
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Communicate with patients and caregivers about the importance of pneumococcal immunization in pediatric patients


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  • Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM

    CEO, Kids Plus Pediatrics
    Co-Founder, Shots Heard Round the World
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: Merck & Co., Inc.; Novavax, Inc.; Sanofi
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Merck & Co., Inc.; Sanofi

  • Dana Deshon, DNP, APRN, CPNP

    OSF Morton Pediatrics
    Primary Care
    Morton, Illinois


    Dana DeShon, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, has no relevant financial relationships.


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    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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  • Jennifer Gregg, PhD

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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  • Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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

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Pneumococcal Immunization in Pediatrics: Updates and Recommendations

Authors: Todd Wolynn, MD, MMM; Dana DeShon, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PCFaculty and Disclosures

CME / CE Released: 1/5/2023

Valid for credit through: 1/5/2024


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