186396 - Vaccinations for adults 65 years and over. Part 2: herpes zoster and other vaccines
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.
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
- Adult health
- Care of older people