DTaP Drop-Off Program

The fourth dose of the DTaP vaccination has one of Ohio’s lowest rates in the childhood vaccination schedule. The National Immunization Survey and AFIX data indicate between 73.5% – 80.9% of two year-olds received their fourth dose.

The Ohio AAP has developed a presentation with two points of MOC Part II for eligible pediatricians and two hours of CME to increase awareness of pertussis disease among health care providers and to promote the timely receipt of DTaP vaccines, in particular the fourth dose, which should be administered before 24 months of age. Nurses may claim the CME as three hours of continuing medical education credit.

Target Audience:

Health care providers who administer vaccines to children and providers-in-training.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the epidemiology of Bordetella Pertussis, especially recent outbreaks.
  2. Discuss DTaP vaccines, including their safety and effectiveness.
  3. Examine fourth dose DTaP vaccination rates among 24-month old children in Ohio and the US.
  4. Address barriers and formulate strategies to increase timely receipt of DTaP vaccine doses.


  • Rebecca Brady, MD, FAAP – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Robert Frenck, Jr., MD, FAAP – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 3 (three) MOC point in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit. MOC Part II credit will be entered into the CME data portal entitled PARS and will be shared electronically with the ABP within 30 days of the activity date.

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