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CDC Webinar – Adolescent Vaccines: How Pharmacists Can Make Strong Recommendations and Referrals (Archived Webinar)

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CDC Webinar – Adolescent Vaccines: How Pharmacists Can Make Strong Recommendations and Referrals

 CPE Credit Available


Every year in the United States, 33,700 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of these cancers from ever developing. Yet HPV vaccine rates continue to lag behind other vaccines—only half of U.S. adolescents are up to date. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to have a positive impact on HPV vaccine delivery, given that on average, a pharmacy is available within two miles of every home in the United States. Pharmacists can identify which vaccines preteens need and motivate parents to make an appointment with their child’s doctor to get vaccinated. In some states, pharmacists can administer HPV vaccine to preteens. 
During this archived webinar, a pharmacist describes how pharmacists can make effective HPV vaccine recommendations and referrals. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expert describes effective communication techniques and CDC educational resources for healthcare providers and parents.   
By the end of this archived webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of adolescent vaccination for the individual and community
  2. Describe the role that pharmacists play within the adolescent immunization neighborhood
  3. Demonstrate strategies for pharmacists to use when making vaccine referrals
  4. Describe effective strategies when recommending adolescent vaccines and addressing caregivers’ vaccine concerns
  5. Describe effective HPV vaccine recommendations for patients age 11 or 12 years
  6. Identify reassuring, confident, and concise responses to parental questions about HPV vaccination
  7. Locate CDC HPV vaccine resources for healthcare providers and parents
  • Suzanne Higginbotham, BS, PharmD, BCACP, Director of Center for Pharmacy Care, Residency Programs and Continuing Pharmacy Education, Duquesne University
  • Ian Branam, MA, Health Communication Specialist, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC


Suzanne Higginbotham and Ian Branam declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.


This one-hour webinar was originally presented on May 29, 2019. Discussion among the presenters and participants that occurred during the live version of the webinar was captured. To learn more:

A written transcript of the webinar will be available in the near future.

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Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Credit Information:
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This archived webinar is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs). CPE credit is available until May 29, 2022. To claim CPE credit, visit the APhA website and follow these steps:
  1. Read the full session information
  2. Click “Add to Cart”, then Login or Create an account
  3. Click “Enroll Now”
  4. Under “Activities,” click “Assessment” and then “Begin”
  5. Click “Evaluation”
  6. Click “Claim” to claim credit
For more information about this webinar, please contact Kathleen Amos at


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