With the recent Health Canada approval (October 2017) for the non-live recombinant zoster vaccine (Shingrix), which became available to B.C. consumers in January 2018, the public have been approaching community pharmacists for more information. Join us in the live webinar on March 12 to learn of the evidence, impact and outcome of Shingrix vaccine and the role of the community pharmacist when delivering this product.
Overview of webinar:
- Herpes zoster & burden of disease
- Evidence for vaccination
- Options for vaccines
- Recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV): Components & administration considerations
- Review of evidence
- Comparing options & clinical pearls
- Provide an update on the clinical aspects of herpes zoster (HZ) and vaccine options.
- Examine the clinical evidence for immunization against HZ, the impact of vaccination, including evidence and outcomes.
- Review applicable guidelines on the use of RZV vaccine on persons aged 50 and older, and who are immunocompetent.
- Identify patients eligible for the vaccine, including an overview of vaccine (administration, dosing, schedule, contraindications, components, special considerations, adverse effects).
- Review Health Canada approved indications for RZV vaccine.
- Discuss future landscape of zoster vaccination & applicable counseling points for the pharmacist.
About the speaker
Cindy Chen is a graduate of UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and has been a practicing community pharmacist for 10 years, working in rural and urban communities around B.C. She has practiced as a C.D.E. in community, a Clinical Skills Lab instructor at UBC, and has been a licensed injections pharmacist since program inception in 2009. In addition, Cindy has been the expert reviewer for injections training programs for pharmacists at University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan, and involved in development of various training programs for pharmacists in B.C. Currently, the Clinical Practice Lead pharmacist at Heart Pharmacy Group based in Victoria, Cindy develops programs for public learning and pharmacists' development of clinical knowledge and skills, when she is not enjoying seaside walks and playing in the ocean.