Prevention and Management of Herpes Zoster (Shingles) in Geriatric Patients

Program Details

  • Intended Audience: Pharmacists interested in geriatric patient care.
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-18-053-H04-P
  • Contact Hours: 1.5
  • Program Fees: $15.00
  • Dates Available: 7/1/2018 to 7/1/2021
  • Activity Type: Application


Herpes zoster infections in the elderly are described, including risk factors and signs and symptoms.  Treatment regimens for herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia are discussed, as well as shingles vaccine options.


At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of herpes zoster infections.
  • Identify risk factors for the development of herpes zoster in the geriatric patient population.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms that indicate a patient has herpes zoster or a complication of infection.
  • Recommend an appropriate treatment regimen for a geriatric patient with herpes zoster or postherpetic neuralgia based on patient-specific factors.
  • Differentiate the vaccines available for the prevention of herpes zoster and counsel a patient who is eligible for receipt of the herpes zoster vaccine.

Disclosure Statement

The following speakers, reviewers, and planning committee members have disclosed that she has no relevant financial disclosures. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Allana J. Sucher, Pharm.D., BCPS
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Regis University School of Pharmacy

Brandon J. Sucher, Pharm.D., BCACP, CDE, AE-C
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Regis University School of Pharmacy

Priti Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

Schedule of Activities and Requirements for Successful Course Completion

Review the course material, receive a 70% or higher on post-test, and complete an online program evaluation.

Credit Reporting

  • The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CE Broker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.
  • All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians maintain their own license and/or certification and it is their responsibility to follow up with the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Florida if any CE credit discrepancies are found.
  • It is at the University’s discretion to award or deny credit to a late claiming participant (i.e. after 60 days of the participant engaging in a CPE activity) as it is the University’s CE activity and the provider needs to ensure the requirements necessary for credit are successfully completed.
  • The University may request access to CPE Monitor® if the activity in question occurred within the previous 6 months and with an appropriate reason for access, i.e. power outage, etc.

Program Financial Support

This course received no financial program support.

Computer Requirements

Computer and Internet access are required to complete this course. Course content is provided via Canvas.

The minimum hardware, software, and Internet requirements for Canvas can be found here.


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