Immunity, disease and immunisation in older adults

Course Details

It is estimated that there are more than 9 million people in Australia aged ≥ 50 years in 2023. Research shows that older Australian adults are undervaccinated against the recommended vaccines, with a large gap between childhood and older adult immunisation uptake. Recommendation from a health professional was shown to be the most important factor influencing the decision to immunise. As healthcare providers, we have opportunities to partner with our patients to jointly increase ‘healthspan’ along with their lifespan.

Join us for a discussion with Dr Sarah Chu and Dr Daman Langguth about healthy ageing and the impact that ageing has on both an individual’s susceptibility to infectious diseases and decreased response to vaccination.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Conduct a brief overview of the immune system.
  2. Assess the impact of age-related decline in immunity.
  3. Discuss healthy ageing in people aged 50 and above.
  4. List the vaccine preventable diseases in older adults.


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: 423222)


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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