Influenza Vaccination in 2020 - The role of nurses in vaccination of adults aged 65 plus
Ageing is associated with a decline in physical capability which can result in higher susceptibility to infectious diseases with serious outcomes. Influenza vaccination is still considered the cornerstone of influenza prevention and attenuation. Increasing vaccination coverage of older adults against seasonal influenza is important in promoting healthy ageing. Nurses play a pivotal role in raising awareness about the importance of immunisation by providing evidence-based information to patients.
This 1 hour accredited program summarises the changing landscape and differences between the enhanced influenza vaccines and the traditional vaccines available for younger persons. Featuring two cases studies and expert video questions, this program highlights the importance of educating and overcoming the barriers to influenza vaccination in older adults.
This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.
Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 1 CPD Hour(s).
Professor Paul Van Buynder,
MB BS MPH FAFPHM,
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist,
Griffith University, QLD
Immunisation Education Consultant,
On completion of this program, participants will be better able to:
- Recognise why older Australians need enhanced vaccines, considering immunosenescence, the H3N2 strain and the burden of disease
- Review the changing vaccine landscape and the differences between the enhanced influenza vaccines and the traditional vaccines available for younger persons
- Counsel patients over the age of 65 years about the importance of the right influenza vaccination