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186396 - Vaccinations for adults 65 years and over. Part 2: herpes zoster and other vaccines

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1.5 hours


This free online learning module provides 15 clinical questions and immediate answers about an original peer-reviewed article written for GPs.

Relevance to General Practice

- Despite official recommendations on vaccination
in older people, coverage levels in older adults are well below those in children.
- GPs are key in increasing vaccine coverage levels, as one of the most influential drivers of vaccination is a recommendation from the person’s GP.
- Up to one-third of the population is at risk of developing herpes zoster during their lifetime; vaccination is the most effective strategy to protect against both acute zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.
- Most older people are susceptible to pertussis, and infection can have severe consequences in this age group; a pertussis booster vaccination is recommended for all older adults.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify risk factors for herpes zoster (HZ) and contraindications to the current HZ vaccine
  • Advise an older patient about HZ and HZ vaccine
  • Advise an older patient about tetanus and pertussis booster vaccinations
  • Consider steps in a notification and recall program to increase vaccination rates in older patients in your practice
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • Current and emerging public health risks are effectively managed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
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    186396 - Vaccinations for adults 65 years and over. Part 2: herpes zoster and other vaccines
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    1.5 hours
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