Herpes Zoster

Shingles prevention and treatment: Updates and frequently asked questions

October 3, 2023 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zoom – Digital Delivery, Vancouver BC

Shingles, also called herpes zoster, caused by the same virus as chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus, is a disease that triggers a painful skin rash. Join Dr. Siraj as he provides a background in shingles disease and prevalence, discuss shingles management and treatment, patient eligibility for herpes zoster vaccination, review current NACI guidelines, efficacy, safety and long-term protection of herpes zoster vaccination, improve your workflow to increase immunization without increasing workload, and discuss how to use minor ailment as a treatment for shingles.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, pharmacists will be better able to:

  • To provide a background in shingles disease and prevalence. 
  • To discuss shingles management and treatment. 
  • To identify eligible patients (healthy and immunocompromised) for the herpes zoster vaccination. 
  • To review the current NACI guidelines, efficacy, safety, and long-term protection of herpes zoster vaccination. 
  • To discuss workflows to increase immunizations without increasing workload.
  • Use minor ailment as a treatment for shingles

About the Speaker: Dr. Fairuz Siraj, PharmD, CDE

Dr. Fairuz Siraj is a 2019 doctor of pharmacy graduate from the University of British Columbia. Now a certified diabetes educator and staff pharmacist at Pharmasave in Victoria BC, Fairuz empowers patients through personalized diabetes and migraine consultation services. He's a recipient of the 2021 BC Pharmacy Association New Practitioner Award and the 2022 Pharmacy Practice and Business Rising Star Award. Collaborating with organizations like Migraine Canada and local healthcare professionals, he is dedicated to enhancing patient outcomes in chronic disease management. Fairuz also enjoys teaching and is committed to advancing the pharmacy profession's impact on patient care

Learning Hours

This program is non-accredited. Total learning hours is estimated at 1.0 hours. Participants will receive a letter of participation after completion of the survey at the end of the webinar.

This learning program received a financial support from GlaxoSmithKline plc. This event will be moderated by a staff member from the Pharmacy Practice Support team at the BC Pharmacy Association.

Registration Information

This event is complimentary to members.

Registration closes an hour prior to the start of the webinar, at 5:00 PM. On the day of the webinar, you will receive a link to the webinar by email. The email will come from noreply@zoom.us and could be in your junk folder.

Please Note: A BCPhA account is required to register for this event. If you do not have a login account or if you are unsure if you have a login, please fill out the Account Creation Form and a member of the BCPhA team will contact you. Accounts can be created free of charge with valid College registration.