Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common secondary infection for older patients. Almost all individuals over the age of 50 are latently infected with varicella zoster virus (VZV) and therefore are at risk of developing shingles with reactivation of latent VZV. Individuals who develop shingles often experience debilitating postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), secondary skin infections, eye problems, or neurologic conditions including an increased risk of stroke.
Despite the existence of vaccines, the number of people vaccinated for shingles remains low. In large part, this is due to the majority of individuals being unaware that a vaccine exists, as clinicians often fail to initiate discussion about it.
This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand webcast will focus on the burden imposed by shingles, improving uptake of vaccination and series completion for shingles through patient education, and applying real-world strategies to implement shingles immunization protocols.
At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:
The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit:
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.
Physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists.
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Dr. Schaffner has no disclosures to report.
Dr. Cunningham reports he is on the advisory committee for GlaxoSmithKline.
Dr. Gorfinkel reports she receives research support from GlaxoSmithKline and Merck & Co., Inc. She is on the advisory committee and consultant for GlaxoSmithKline.
Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.
Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.
NOTE: Pharmacist CE Universal Activity Number, Enduring: 0376-0000-20-110-H01-P.
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