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Program Details

Overcoming Barriers to Increasing Adult Immunizations


Adrienne Mims, MD MPH
Medical Director for Medicare Quality Improvement
Alliant GMCF


Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Program Description

Pneumonia and influenza, both vaccine preventable diseases, greatly impact adults age 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the influenza immunization rate for adults in Georgia over age 65 in 2013 was 54.6 percent compared to the national average of 62.6 percent. No one in America should die from a vaccine preventable illness yet, in Georgia, we have low rates of vaccination for influenza and pneumonia among seniors. This is especially true for African American elders. Clinicians who serve seniors can prevent illness and deaths by assessing vaccine status and either providing the vaccine or referring their patients to locations to receive them.

There are new laws that will facilitate widespread adoption of adult immunizations and their documentation in the statewide registry. Also, vaccinations are a covered benefit from most health plans including Medicare and Medicaid. Join this session to learn how you can play a part in protecting adults and seniors from unnecessary morbidity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the disparity of immunizations in adults in Georgia
- Explain the barriers to providing adult immunizations
- Describe the new law expanding the pharmacist's role in adult immunizations
- Identify options for referral for adults to receive immunizations
- Understand Georgia mandated reporting requirements for GRITS

Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and the Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center. The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application has been made for this continuing nursing education activity by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission On Accreditation.


On Demand
Original program date: Aug 14, 2015

Technology Requirements

Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at Adobe's web site

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Program Keywords

Gerontology, Minority Issues/ Health Disparities, Pharmacy