Seizing opportunities to reduce infectious disease risk in older adults with respiratory comorbidities

Course Details

As the Australian population ages, more older patients are living with comorbidities that impact immune function. The incidence of COPD for example, more than doubles in people aged 65-74 compared to people aged 45-54.  COPD has been shown to increase the burden associated with the vaccine-preventable diseases. Understanding this association may increase uptake of vaccines in older adults.  Over 97% of patients aged 75-84 will need to see a GP throughout the year. This creates opportunities for GPs to increase vaccination uptake.

Join us for a discussion with Dr Victoria Hayes and A/Prof Michael Woodward as they discuss healthy immune ageing, the impact of comorbidities on vaccine-preventable disease, and how GPs can create opportunities to increase vaccination uptake in older adults.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the association between vaccine-preventable disease and respiratory co-morbidities in an ageing immune system.
  2. Identify older patients with respiratory co-morbidities who may gain benefit from vaccination.
  3. Create opportunities in general practice to initiate discussion regarding vaccination.


Lateral Connections. This organisation is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

Education Activity:
For RACGP Members: This education is a CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD Program. (Activity ID: 423259)


This educational activity was developed by Lateral Connections at the request of and with funding from GSK. GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd. ABN 47 100 162 481. Melbourne, Victoria.

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