Empowering older adults with cardiovascular disease to reduce vaccine-preventable disease risk

Course Details

Cardiovascular disease has been shown to increase the burden associated with the vaccine-preventable diseases. Herpes zoster has been linked to an increased risk of transient ischemic events and even heart attacks in patients. In a 2022 survey, over 1 in 4 people aged over 50 were either not sure or not up to date with their recommended vaccines, and in the same age group, only 67% of people report that their GPs remind them about staying up to date with vaccinations despite over 86% of people citing GPs as the most reliable resource for vaccination.

Join us for a discussion with Dr Sarah Chu and ​Dr Anthony French as they discuss healthy immune ageing, the impact of comorbidities on vaccine-preventable disease, and how GPs can empower their older patients stay up to date with their vaccinations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the association between vaccine-preventable disease and cardiovascular co-morbidities in an ageing immune system.
  2. Identify older patients with cardiovascular comorbidities who may gain benefit from vaccination.
  3. Engage with patients to foster collaborative decision-making 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: 423273)


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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