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PROTECT™ (SupPorting AppROpriate ImmunizaTions Across the AgE SpeCTrum)
Despite the availability of numerous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines for use across the age spectrum and the detailed recommendations made available by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), significant clinician performance and patient health gaps persist in the area of immunizations. Many severe illnesses, or even deaths, among children, adolescents, and adults in the United States are attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).

The PROTECT™ Performance Improvement-CME activity enables practicing clinicians to assess their performance, knowledge, and practice infrastructure in immunization services and offers guidance as well as tools to bridge identified gaps. Using a HIPAA-compliant, confidential platform, clinicians can evaluate how well their practice manages patient immunizations, and be guided toward resources that help to overcome barriers and initiate systems-based solutions.

The full sequence of activities offered within the PROTECT™ Performance Improvement Module is available to physicians, particularly: pediatricians, family physicians, internists, obstetricians/gynecologists, and geriatricians. Other members of the immunization care team are welcome to visit the care team resources page accessible by the link below, and engage in the immunization tools and resources provided on the page. This program awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, American Osteopathic Association Category 1-B Credit, American Academy of Family Physicians Prescribed Credits for physicians, and AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits by the Physician Assistant Review Panel.

PI CME is a certified CME activity in which an accredited CME provider structures a long-term three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about specific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time, and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures. A PI CME activity may address any facet (structure, process, or outcomes) of a physician's practice with direct implications for patient care.

The Care Team Resources are available to any interested member of the health care team and include immunization education programs, as well as tools and resources to improve immunization services in your practice.



This program offers participating providers the opportunity to:

  • Earn up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (for physicians only)
  • Earn up to 20 AAPA Category 1 Credits (for physician assistants only)
  • Earn up to 20 AOA Category 1-B Credits
  • Assess their practice performance and understand the optimal care for patient immunizations
  • Identify performance gaps and pursue tailored pathways to narrow those gaps

Additionally, this activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20 Prescribed Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This activity is accredited by the Council on Continuing Medical Education of the American Osteopathic Association for 20 credits of AOA Category 1-B credit.


This Performance Improvement CME program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 20 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. All stages of the activity must be completed for a participant to claim any credit. Approval is valid until June 30, 2015. Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards.


PROTECT™ (SupPorting AppROpriate ImmunizaTions Across thE Age SpeCTrum) educational learning objectives:

  • Acknowledge the indications and recommendations for current vaccines and vaccine schedules across childhood, adolescent, and adult populations
  • Address immunization barriers frequently encountered during patient/caregiver communications regarding safety, efficacy, and possible misinformation
  • Implement strategies for improving immunization rates within one's clinical practice, taking into account current immunization schedules and guidelines
This immunization program is supported by educational grants from GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, Inc.

CARE TEAM RESOURCES
The Care Team Resources are available to any interested member of the health care team and includes immunization education programs as well as tools and resources to improve immunization services in your practice. This page provides links to a variety of educational activities and quality improvement resources highlighting the latest research and guidelines associated with immunizations across the age spectrum addressed by the PROTECT™ Performance Improvement (PI) CME activity.

While only health care professionals with prescribing authority and a patient caseload can participate in this PI CME activity, members of the entire health care team can access this page and benefit from the resources.


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