Released: July 1, 2017
Expires: July 31, 2019 (subject to change)
- CE for this activity will not be available after this date.
Reference Number: 17062697
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are on the front lines providing parental education regarding vaccines. Some reasons for vaccine hesitancy include the potential common mild problems of vaccine administration, such as pain and/or elevated temperature. According to research, prophylactic administration of an antipyretic/analgesic medication, such as acetaminophen, reduces vaccine common mild problems when administered prior to or at the time of vaccination. Additionally, the evidence that prophylactic administration of antipyretic/analgesic medication decreases antibody response to vaccinations is insufficient at this time. However, this research has led to some confusion on best practice guidelines. This review of literature resulted in recommendations that NPs should reassure parents that an antipyretic/analgesic medication will not reduce immune response, can be administered to prevent or reduce common mild problems of vaccinations, which may then reduce vaccine hesitancy among parents.
CE Credit Instructions
- Read this activity description, including objectives and disclosures.
- Complete the educational content completely:
- Articles: Read articles/monographs fully.
- Review all additional materials provided (handouts, posttest reviews, any other downloadable resources).
- After completing all content, go to Steps To Receive Credit to complete the posttest and evaluation to receive full AANP CE/Rx credit. If other types of credit are offered, these options will be available after completing the activity evaluation.
After completion of the article, the participants will:
- Understand the effectiveness of antipyretic/analgesic medications to treat vaccine common mild problems.
- Evaluate available research on antipyretic/analgesic medications and immune response when given with vaccine administration
- Apply correct recommendations for parents regarding antipyretic/analgesic medication with vaccine administration
Lacey M. Eden, MS, NP-C
Meridith G. Lind, RN, FNP-S
Karlen E.Luthy, DNP, NP-C
Janelle Macintosh, PhD, RN
This program was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. The authors have no relevant affiliations to disclose
This educational activity may contain opinions of the authors from their personal experience. The activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.
For questions or more information concerning this online CE opportunity contact the AANP CE Center Manager at CECenter@aanp.org.