Vaccines & Immunity

Course Description & Information:

  • There are two basic mechanisms for acquiring immunity - active and passive. Active immunity is protection that is produced by the person’s own immune system. This type of immunity is usually permanent. Passive immunity is protection by products produced by an animal or human, and transferred to another human, usually by injection. Passive immunity often provides effective protection, but this protection wanes (disappears) with time, usually a few weeks or months. Passive immunity is the transfer of antibody produced by one human or other animal to another. Passive immunity provides protection against some infections, but this protection is temporary. Active immunity is stimulation of the immune system to produce antigen-specific humoral (antibody) and cellular immunity. Unlike passive immunity, which is temporary, active immunity usually lasts for many years, often for a lifetime. Another way to produce active immunity is by vaccination. Vaccines interact with the immune system and often produce an immune response similar to that produced by the natural infection, but do not subject the recipient to the disease and its potential complications. Vaccines produce immunologic memory similar to that acquired by having the natural disease. Intermediate level.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-22-001-L06-P, IRD: 1-24-2022. Knowledge based activity.
  • Level: Intermediate
Course Objectives:

  • Review current scientific evidence regarding the postulated link between receiving a vaccine and developing autoimmune disease.
  • State at least two current research challenges of linking autoimmune phenomena to vaccines using COVID-19 vaccines as an example.
  • Identify at least one autoimmune-related outcomes that has been linked to the current COVID-19 vaccines.
  • State vaccine recommendations for those individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy for autoimmune diseases.
Learning Outcome: At least 80% of class participants will score 70% or greater on course post-test.

Course Credit: 1 Contact Hour

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Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals (1 hour of pharmacotherapeutic credit), Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Full attendance.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and evaluation.

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