To create awareness on the importance of respiratory immunization in COPD
To discuss different strategies for prevention of exacerbation in COPD, including the benefits of immunization (against influenza and pneumococcal) in chronic respiratory illness.
Alan Kaplan is a Family Physician working in York Region, Ontario, Canada and the Chairperson of the Family Physician Airways Group of Canada (www.fpagc.com), the Past-Chairperson of the Respiratory Section of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and Senate member of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. He co-chaired the Community Standards of COPD program for Health Quality Ontario. In addition, Dr. Kaplan provides his expertise to a number of medical journals across the world.