Pharmacy-based Immunizations for Pediatric Patients

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Pharmacy-based Immunizations for Pediatric Patients is a two-hour, application-based learning activity designed to prepare state-licensed immunizing pharmacists to meet the education requirements for administering vaccinations to children 3 – 18 years of age, in compliance with new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The program, created in partnership with Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, provides a thorough review of topics related to immunizing pediatric patients including parent and patient preparation, immunization administration techniques for children and documentation of pediatric vaccinations.  

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • List common vaccines indicated for the pediatric population.
  • Review CDC’s pediatric vaccination schedule including its utility and importance.
  • Identify common concerns of parents who are vaccine resistant and propose effective strategies to overcome their resistance.
  • Demonstrate correct injection techniques for pediatric immunization including comforting techniques, injection site, needle size, and length.
  • Discuss effective management strategies for vaccine adverse events.
  • Review best practices for documenting the provision of pediatric vaccines.
  • Identify the most current and reliable immunization resources for pharmacists immunizing the pediatric population.

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacy-based Immunizations for Pediatric Patients is approved for 2 contact hours (0.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. The ACPE Universal Activity Number (UAN) for this activity is 0202-0000-23-324-H06-P.

Release Date:  October 1, 2023
Expiration Date: October 1, 2026 - PLEASE NOTE: NO Home Study credit granted after this date

Program completion requirements

To earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit  participants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Complete all learning activities and exercises.
  • Complete the program assessment and evaluation. Participants must achieve a passing score of 70% or better on the assessment for successful completion.
  • Credit must be claimed in order to obtain credit.
  • Participants will need to have a valid APhA ( username and password, as well as a CPE Monitor account to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete a continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit an assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.


Pharmacy-based Immunizations for Pediatric Patients was developed by the American Pharmacists Association and Washington State University. Copyright © 2024 by the American Pharmacists Association and Washington State University.