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CPD

Herpes Zoster Immunization: Data Updates and Practice Essentials in the Current Landscape

  • Authors: Robert W. Johnson, MD, FRCA, FFPMRCA; Giovanni Gabutti, MD; Stefania Maggi, MD, PhD
  • CPD Released: 4/4/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 4/4/2023
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  • Credits Available

    Non-US Physicians - maximum of 0.50 CPD

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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This educational activity is intended for an international audience of non-US primary care physicians, neurologists, and infectious disease (ID) specialists. Not all herpes zoster vaccines are available in all countries. This independent medical education (IME) is intended for HCPs from countries where those are licensed.

The goal of this activity is that physicians will be aware of latest the clinical trial and real-world data on herpes zoster (HZ) vaccines.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Differences in composition and indications of the available HZ vaccines
    • Effectiveness of HZ vaccines for prevention of HZ


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Faculty

  • Robert W. Johnson, MD, FRCA, FFPMRCA

    Honorary Senior Research Fellow
    Translational Medicine
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Bristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Emeritus Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
    Bristol Royal Infirmary
    Bristol, United Kingdom

    Disclosures

    No relevant financial relationships

  • Giovanni Gabutti, MD

    Pro-Tempore Coordinator
    National Workgroup Vaccines and Immunization Policies
    Italian Scientific Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health
    Torino, Italy
     

    Disclosures

    Consultant or advisor for: Emergent BioSolutions; GlaxoSmithKline; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi; Seqirus
    Contracted researcher for: GlaxoSmithKline; Merck Sharp & Dohme

  • Stefania Maggi, MD, PhD

    CNR Aging Branch-NI
    Padova, Italy

    Disclosures

    Consultant or advisor for: GlaxoSmithKline; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Novavax, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: GlaxoSmithKline; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi
    Research funding from: GlaxoSmithKline; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Sanofi
    Contracted researcher for: GlaxoSmithKline; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Pfizer, Inc.

Editor

  • Gillian Griffith, BA (Mod), MA

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Gillian Griffith, BA (Mod), MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Compliance Reviewer

  • Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance

    Disclosures

    Disclosure: Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has no relevant financial relationships.


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CPD

Herpes Zoster Immunization: Data Updates and Practice Essentials in the Current Landscape

Authors: Robert W. Johnson, MD, FRCA, FFPMRCA; Giovanni Gabutti, MD; Stefania Maggi, MD, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CPD Released: 4/4/2022

Valid for credit through: 4/4/2023

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Contents of This CPD Activity

All sections of this activity are required for credit.

Overview of Available HZ Vaccines: Why Vaccinate Against HZ?

Dr Johnson describes the health burden of HZ and the need for vaccines against it.
Robert W. Johnson, MD, FRCA, FFPMRCA

Efficacy and Safety of HZ Vaccines

Dr Gabutti reviews the efficacy and safety of vaccines against HZ.
Giovanni Gabutti, MD

Duration of Protection Following HZ Vaccination

Dr Maggi reviews the duration of protection provided by vaccines against herpes.
Stefania Maggi, MD, PhD

HZ in the Current Landscape and the COVID-19 Era

Dr Johnson discusses the impact of COVID-19 on HZ infection and vaccination rates.
Robert W. Johnson, MD, FRCA, FFPMRCA
 

Educational Impact Challenge

The goal of this activity is that physicians will be aware of latest the clinical trial and real-world data on herpes zoster (HZ) vaccines.

Before you begin this activity, please assess your clinical knowledge by completing this brief survey. Answering these questions again after the activity will allow you to see what you learned and to compare your answers with those of your peers.

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