Respiratory Disease in Older Adults: Focus on RSV
February 27, 2017

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections of the respiratory tract, which in some cases may lead to serious illness or death in vulnerable populations, particularly among older adults over the age of 60. In fact, RSV has been identified as the second-most common cause of viral pneumonia in older adults, after influenza. Older adults are among those most susceptible to RSV due to immunosenesence, resulting in decreases of RSV neutralizing titers and cell-mediated immunity responses. RSV in older adults additionally impacts the health and wellness of loved ones and caregivers.

This GSA webinar will address the epidemiology of respiratory disease in older adults, immunology and aging- why older adults get respiratory disease, and how to prevent and manage RSV infections. Featured speakers include GSA experts R. Gordon Douglas, Jr, MD; Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH; and David Canaday, MD.

This webinar was developed by GSA and supported by Novavax. 


Strategies to Advance the Adult Vaccination Plan Through a Focus on Influenza
August 2, 2016

Learn about the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) released in February 2016 by the National Vaccine Program Office, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Angela Shen addresses the four NAIP goals and key focus areas. GSA Executive Director and James Appleby shares actionable ideas generated by a multidisciplinary group to advance adult influenza immunization rates using the NAIP framework and key focus objectives. When it comes to saving people’s lives and reducing human disease and affliction, few interventions can match the record of vaccines. Participate in this one-hour webinar and learn ways to use the NAIP as a road map to create your influenza immunization strategy.

Featured speakers include Angela Shen, ScD, MPH, Senior Science Policy Advisor, National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), US Department of Health and Human Services, and James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, Executive Director and CEO of The Gerontological Society of America.