CME Bulletin

Adolescent Immunizations and Overcoming Barriers

For AAFP members only

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Adolescent immunizations can be difficult to explain, track, and follow up on, and as a result, teen vaccination rates are not as high as they should be. Learn the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines to help improve them.

Read this free CME bulletin, and then take the self-assessment quiz to claim 2 AAFP Prescribed credits.

This CME Bulletin was written by W. Michael Brown, MD and Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP.

Activity Details

Learning Objectives

After reading this CME Bulletin, you should be able to:

  • Use the latest recommendations and guidelines for adolescents to establish standardized vaccine administration procedures.
  • Identify adolescent misconceptions and barriers to vaccine administration and identify strategies to overcome.


This CME activity is funded by an educational grant to the AAFP from Merck.

CME Credit

This enduring material activity, AAFP CME Bulletin: Adolescent Immunizations and Overcoming Barriers, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.00 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 2/15/2016. Term of approval is for two years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit. View more credit agreements »

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After completing this activity, take the self-assessment quiz to receive CME credit.

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Watch the Adolescent Immunizations webcast and earn 1 Prescribed credit.


About the Author

W. Michael Brown, MD, is affiliated with the Family Medicine Residency at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Fla., as the associate director and director of pediatrics.

Carlos R Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, is the director of the sports medicine fellowship and assistant director of the Family Medicine Residency at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Fla. Dr. Rodriguez also is a member of the AAFP FP Essentials editorial board.

About the Medical Editor

Pamela G. Rockwell, DO, is an assistance professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. She also is the medical director of family medicine at Domino’s Farms Health Center, Ann Arbor.


The material presented here is being made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. Please note that medical information is constantly changing; the information contained in this activity was accurate at the time of publication. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

The AAFP disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting to any individual using this material and for all claims that might arise out of the use of the techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician or any other person. Physicians may care to check specific details such as drug doses and contraindications, etc., in standard sources prior to clinical application. This material might contain recommendations/guidelines developed by other organizations. Please note that although these guidelines might be included, this does not necessarily imply the endorsement by the AAFP.

Drugs and Off-Label Uses

The faculty for this activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure the information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation. Information regarding drugs (eg, administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, and precautions) and delivery systems is subject to change. 

The reader is advised to check the manufacturer’s insert and medical references for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering any drug.


Elaine Kierl Gangel
Managing Editor, Manager
CME Subscriptions Department
Continuing Medical Education

Brian Doty
Associate Editor
Continuing Medical Education

Jennifer Tubbesing
Program Manager
Continuing Medical Education

Bryan Colley
Graphic Associate
Journal Media

Access the Quiz

After completing this activity, take the self-assessment quiz to receive CME credit.

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