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A free online accredited CPD program for healthcare professionals

Varicella Zoster: Offering Protection at Any Age

1.00 Canadian Council On Continuing Education In Pharmacy (CCCEP) CEU(s)

Program available online until: August 28, 2019

test This continuing education lesson is designed primarily for pharmacists and has been accredited by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP)
for 1.00 CEU(s).


Varicella Zoster Protection Across the Lifetime

baby and physician

This program supports Canadian pharmacists in their up-to-date knowledge of the varicella zoster virus and the vaccines available to prevent varicella and herpes zoster.

The safety, efficacy, and immunization schedules for these vaccines will be illustrated through case-based learning, to increase comfort and confidence in recommending and counselling about vaccinations.

Planning Committee

  • Allison McGeer, MSc, MD, FRCPC.
  • Michael Boivin, Rph, CDE, CTH.
  • Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic, RPh, NCMP.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the current epidemiology of varicella and herpes zoster infection in Canada and review the need for vaccination.
  2. Review the evidence regarding optimal dosing and efficacy of varicella and herpes zoster vaccines for optimal disease prevention.
  3. Counsel patients and caregivers regarding when and for whom varicella and herpes zoster vaccination is indicated.

Ask the Expert Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC

  • If the varicella vaccine is so effective, why have more than 90% of Canadians had varicella (chickenpox)?
  • How do you counsel parents who are hesitant about giving their children varicella vaccination?
  • Why is routine varicella vaccination not needed for children who have had chickenpox?
  • Is shingles a serious disease?
  • What are the considerations when offering the new SHINGRIX vaccine to older adults?
  • Who is most at risk of HZ?
Ask the Expert

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