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A free online accredited CPD program for healthcare professionals

Varicella Zoster: Protection at All Ages

1.00 Mainpro+ Credit(s)

Program available online until: June 06, 2019

This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.00 Mainpro+ Credit(s).

Varicella Zoster Protection Across the Lifetime


This program supports Canadian healthcare practitioners in their up-to-date knowledge of the varicella zoster virus and the vaccines available to prevent varicella and herpes zoster.

The safety, efficacy, and immunization schedules for these vaccines will be illustrated through case-based learning, to increase comfort and confidence in recommending and counselling about vaccinations.

Planning Committee

  • Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC.
  • Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP.
  • Dominique Tessier, MD, CCFP, FCFP.
  • Mattias Berg, MD CCFP-EM.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the current epidemiology of varicella and herpes zoster infection in Canada and review the need for vaccination.
  2. Review the evidence base regarding optimal dosing and efficacy of varicella and herpes zoster vaccines for maximal disease prevention.
  3. Counsel patients and caregivers regarding when and for whom varicella and herpes zoster vaccination is indicated.

Ask the Expert

  • If the varicella vaccine is so effective, why have more than 90% of Canadians had varicella (chickenpox)?
  • How do you counsel parents who are hesitant about giving their children varicella vaccination?
  • Why is routine varicella vaccination not needed for children who have had chickenpox?
  • Is shingles a serious disease?
  • What are the considerations when offering the new SHINGRIX vaccine to older adults?
  • Who is most at risk of HZ?

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