Vaccinations and Healthy Aging: Protecting Your Older Patients From Shingles

Join this Webinar as the expert faculty panel reviews the importance of vaccinating older adults against shingles, with examples of how to overcome common clinical challenges. Learn answers to key questions such as:

  • Is there an age limit for the shingles vaccine?
  • How long does protection last? Is there a need for revaccination?
  • What are the top reasons for lack of vaccination and how can these be overcome?


Program length (60 minutes)

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Shingles Diagnosis, Treatment Review
  • Impact of Age and Burden of Shingles in Older Adults
  • Shingles Immunization Facts 2020
  • Patient Advocacy: Communication Pearls
  • Audience Question and Answer Session


Date / Time
Event Details


Program Director
Susan Schrimpf Davis, DO

Associate Clinical Professor
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cynthia J. Gerstenlauer, ANP-BC, GCNS-BC, CDE, CCD

Nurse Practitioner
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
, Adult Health
College of Nursing
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

deborah milito, PharmD

Director, Clinical and Consultant Services
Chief Antimicrobial Stewardship Officer
Diamond Pharmacy Services
Indiana, Pennsylvania

Goal Statement
The goal of this activity is to improve clinicians’ knowledge of the disease burden of shingles in older patients and competence in effectively communicating with patients about the benefits of the shingles vaccine to improve patient outcomes.

Target Audience
This activity is intended for primary care physicians, geriatric physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, consultant/senior care pharmacists, and other clinicians who care for older adults in various settings such as nursing facilities, long-term care and assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, home care, hospices, and programs that provide all-inclusive care for the elderly.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize age-related changes in immunity that put older patients at high risk for shingles
  • Delineate complications of shingles that occur at higher rates in older patients
  • Compare and contrast administration and efficacy rates for available herpes zoster vaccinations
  • Devise approaches to improve healthcare provider communication with patients regarding the herpes zoster vaccine

Nursing Learning Outcome
After completing this activity, the learner will demonstrate increased knowledge of the disease burden of shingles and outline effective communication strategies to use with older patients about the benefits of the shingles vaccine.



The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation:

The University of Cincinnati designates this webcast activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*The American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center accept certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.


Nursing Continuing Education

This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), and Clinical Care Options.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP5387.

A maximum of 1.0 contact hour may be earned (which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology credit) by learners who successfully complete this continuing nursing education activity.

You must participate in at least 90% of this activity and complete the evaluation form to receive nursing continuing professional development credit.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE)

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ASCP designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Number: 0203-9999-20-055-L01-P

Type of Activity: Application

You must participate in this activity in its entirety and complete the evaluation form to receive CPE credit. Partial credit will not be granted. The course should be posted to CPE Monitor within 60 days of evaluation completion.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
University of Cincinnati requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any relevant conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to the University's policy. University of Cincinnati is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.