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Adolescent Immunizations: Strategies for Success: Live Expert Interview

Dr. David Bell discusses the importance of improving immunization rates among teens and adolescents.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes


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  • Overview

    There continues to be significant barriers to vaccine adoption among both practitioners and the parents of some children and adolescents. In this activity, we will discuss the barriers for adoption, as well as why it is important to improve immunization rates among teens and adolescents, in particular the HPV vaccine. We will also discuss educational strategies and national policy positions that have improved vaccination uptake.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.


    David L. Bell, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor
    Departments of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health
    Columbia University Medical Center
    Medical Director, The Young Men’s Clinic
    New York Presbyterian Hospital
    New York, NY

    Faculty’s disclosure:

    Dr. Bell has nothing to disclose.


    • Sean T. Barrett has nothing to disclose.
    • David L. Bell, MD, MPH has nothing to disclose.
    • Colleen Braun has nothing to disclose.
    • Kenneth Brown has nothing to disclose.
    • Barry Fiedel, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Kia K. Gray, MPH has nothing to disclose.
    • Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP has nothing to disclose.
    • Jennifer Spear Smith, PhD has nothing to disclose.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, internists, obstetricians/gynecologists, general practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • List the current vaccine recommendations for adolescents age 11 through 21 years
    • Describe public health policies that have been successful at increasing adolescent immunization rates
    • Describe strategies that can be implemented at the private provider level to increase adolescent immunization rates
  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider(s)/Educational Partner(s)

    Prova Education designs educational activities based on evidence-based medicine, needs and gaps analyses, learner feedback, and more. Its mission is to serve as an innovative and relevant resource for clinical content and educational interventions across a broad spectrum of specialties.

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  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck.

  • System Requirements

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