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Practicing Clinicians Exchange Forms Partnership with CDC
Date:2/9/2009

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) has formed a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide immunization continuing education programs to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) throughout the United States. In recognition of these vital healthcare providers' expanding role in primary healthcare, the CDC will be providing Immunization Updates throughout the year as part of the PCE national symposia series.

The immunization landscape is quickly evolving and changing, making it difficult for clinicians to keep abreast of the latest recommendations. Results of a 2008 PCE survey confirmed that most NPs and PAs need education on new vaccinations and updates from the CDC. The partnership of the CDC, the world leader in immunization information and education, and PCE, the national leader in continuing education dedicated to the needs of NPs and PAs, enhances the delivery of important healthcare information to NPs and PAs.

With the U.S. population aging and fewer physicians practicing primary care, the country is facing a healthcare emergency of too many patients and too few doctors. NPs and PAs are an important part of the solution to this crisis as they can fill the role of the primary care clinician. This has led to a primary care tipping point, with NPs and PAs collectively numbering over 200,000, and increasing by more than 14,000 every year.

William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, sees NPs and PAs as the first line of defense against vaccine-preventable diseases. "NPs and PAs play a greater role in primary care than ever. This makes them the front line of defense against vaccine-preventable diseases. In the rapidly changing field of immunization, these clinicians should be the focus of education to ensure the health and safety of the nation," said
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