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Lessons from the COVID Pandemic: Vaccines Are Essential Medicines Throughout the Life Course

  • Authors: George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP; Graham Pawelec, MA, PhD; Saul N. Faust, MBBS, PhD, FRCPCH; Jörg Schelling, MD; Stefania Maggi, MD, MPH, PhD
  • CPD Released: 11/3/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 11/3/2023
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    Non-US Physicians - maximum of 0.75 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 and infectious disease (ID), public health, and preventative medicine specialists.

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to understand the benefits of immunization throughout the life course.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Immune response elicited following immunization
    • Immunological data on coadministration of multiple vaccines
    • Barriers to vaccine uptake
    • Benefits of immunization in frailty prevention
    • Communication with recipients about the risk-benefit profile of key vaccines


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Faculty

  • George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP

    General Practitioner, National Immunization Lead
    Royal College of General Practitioners
    President
    British Global and Travel Health Association
    London, United Kingdom

    Disclosures

    George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP, has the following relevant financial relationships: 
    Consultant or advisor for: Merck Sharp & Dohme; Novavax, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi; Seqirus; Takeda; Valneva

  • Graham Pawelec, MA, PhD

    Department of Immunology
    University of Tübingen
    Tübingen, Germany
    Health Sciences North Research Institute
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Disclosures

    Graham Pawelec, MA, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Saul N. Faust, MBBS, PhD, FRCPCH

    Professor
    Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Director
    NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility
    University Hospital Southampton
    NHS Foundation Trust and University of Southampton
    Southampton, United Kingdom

    Disclosures

    Saul N. Faust, MBBS, PhD, FRCPCH, has the following relevant financial relationships: 
    Consultant or advisor for: Johnson & Johnson; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi; Seqirus (former)
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Moderna, Inc.; Novavax, Inc.
    Research funding from: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson; Merck; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi; Valneva

  • Jörg Schelling, MD

    General Practitioner
    Founding Director and Chair
    Institute of General Practice and Family Medicine
    Ludwig Maximilian University
    Munich, Germany

    Disclosures

    Jörg Schelling, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Bavarian Nordic; GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi Pasteur; Seqirus
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Bavarian Nordic; GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Mylan Laboratories Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; Sanofi Pasteur; Seqirus

  • Stefania Maggi, MD, MPH, PhD

    Research Director
    CNR Aging Branch-IN
    Padua, Italy

    Disclosures

    Stefania Maggi, MD, MPH, PhD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: Merck; Pfizer
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen; Merck; Pfizer; Sanofi; Viatris
    Research funding from: Sanofi

Editors

  • Shanthi Voorn, PhD

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC

    Disclosures

    Shanthi Voorn, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Chii Shyang Fong, PhD

    Scientific Content Manager, WebMD Global, LLC

    Disclosures

    Chii Shyang Fong, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships.

Compliance Reviewer

  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance

    Disclosures

    Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP, 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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  • The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (FPM) has reviewed and approved the content of this educational activity and allocated it 0.75 continuing professional development credits (CPD).

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CPD

Lessons from the COVID Pandemic: Vaccines Are Essential Medicines Throughout the Life Course

Authors: George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP; Graham Pawelec, MA, PhD; Saul N. Faust, MBBS, PhD, FRCPCH; Jörg Schelling, MD; Stefania Maggi, MD, MPH, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CPD Released: 11/3/2022

Valid for credit through: 11/3/2023

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Note: The information on the coronavirus outbreak is continually evolving. The content within this activity serves as a historical reference to the information that was available at the time of this publication. We continue to add to the collection of activities on this subject as new information becomes available. It is the policy of Medscape Education to avoid the mention of brand names or specific manufacturers in accredited educational activities. However, manufacturer names related to the approved COVID-19 vaccines are provided in this activity in an effort to promote clarity. The use of manufacturer names should not be viewed as an endorsement by Medscape of any specific product or manufacturer.

Contents of This CME Activity

All sections of this activity are required for credit.

Lessons From the COVID Pandemic: Vaccines Are Essential Medicines Throughout the Life Course

Dr Kassianos lays out the program agenda.
George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP

Insights Into Immunology and Herd Immunity: Important Immunological Aspects to Consider

Dr Pawelec introduces immune response following vaccination and herd immunity.
Graham Pawelec, MA, PhD

Not All Vaccines Are Forever: Knowing When to Boost Is Critical to Maintain Protection

Dr Faust explains the importance of boosters in maintaining long-term protection against severe infections.
Saul N. Faust, MBBS, PhD, FRCPCH

Modern Combination Vaccines and Coadministration: Facilitating the Capture of the Unvaccinated

Dr Schelling discusses how vaccine coadministration can improve immunization coverage and disease protection.
Jörg Schelling, MD

Chronological Age vs Biological Age: The Need to Tailor Vaccination in Older Adults

Dr Maggi presents the link between life-course vaccination and long-term immune fitness.
Stefania Maggi, MD, PhD, MPH

"Infodemic" in a Time of Pandemic: Vaccine Hesitancy and the Impact on Global Health

Dr Kassianos provides perspectives on barriers contributing to vaccine hesitancy.
George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP

Maximizing Prevention of VPDs: The Key Role That HCPs Play in Vaccine Delivery

Dr Kassianos shares communication strategies for building vaccine confidence.
George Kassianos, CBE, MD (Hons), FRCGP
 

Educational Impact Challenge

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to understand the benefits of immunization throughout the life course.

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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