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Home Study CE: A Guide to Individualized Vaccination Needs of Oncology Patients

A Guide to Individualized Vaccination Needs of Oncology Patients

Please read the following information about this continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activity before viewing the presentation at the bottom of this page.

UAN: 0159-0000-17-041-H01-P

Release Date: October 20, 2017
Expiration Date: October 16, 2020

Activity Type: Knowledge-based

CE Credit: 1.5 Contact Hours (0.15 CEU)

Cost: Free for PPA Members, $45 for non-members


The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 
Target Audience

Pharmacists practicing in community setting as well as hospital setting (inpatient/outpatient) who longitudinally care for oncology patients


Program Description

As the US and worldwide incidence of cancer increases, the likelihood of a pharmacist caring for patients whom have or had cancer is very high. Often, vaccinations are overlooked due to the perceived “complexity” of oncology care and lack of knowledge in managing this populations vaccination needs. As cancer patients and survivors live longer, vaccination needs of this population need to be addressed not only for short term infection protection, but for building lifelong immunity. This program acts as a primer for all pharmacists on the guidelines, evidence, and recommendations for vaccinating this population. By the end of the presentation, the pharmacist will be able to assess, evaluate and develop individualized vaccination schedules for oncology patients encountered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  Of note the first 30-40 minutes will focus on patients with solid/hematological malignancies and the remaining 20min will focus on hematopoietic transplant patients.


Program Objectives

1. Identify vaccination needs for patients with cancer and develop an appropriate vaccination strategy for individualized care
2. Discuss the evidence which composes the guideline endorsed vaccination schedule in cancer patients
3. Describe controversies regarding vaccine administration in cancer patients



Benjamin Andrick, PharmD, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist & Clincial Investigator, Geisinger Medical Center

Ben is originally from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, where he got his start in his pharmacy from working for Sloan’s Pharmacy.  Based upon his experience, Ben pursued his doctorate of pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  While at Duquesne, he worked in a pharmaceutical laboratory which sparked his interest in translational research and, based on clinical APPE experiences, a clinical interest in oncology.  Ben completed his PGY1 & PGY2 oncology residency in Augusta, GA at Augusta University Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.  Currently, he works at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Pen's interest areas include bone marrow transplant, hematological malignances, academia and clinical/translational research.

CE Requirements

To receive CE credit for this home study, you will need to watch the entire video, complete an online survey evaluation, and pass a short quiz. Access to the survey and quiz will be automatically provided after you have watched the video. PPA must have your CPE Monitor ID and birthday on file to issue credit.


Disregard instructions given in the video on receiving credit. CE Credit will be sent to CPE Monitor early next month.




This CE program was recorded with a live audience on October 16, 2017.


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