2-hour On-Demand: Influenza: Master of Identity Change


Price: $30 (or Free with Membership)

Course Description & Information:

  • Influenza is a febrile illness of the upper and lower respiratory tract, caused by a virus that mutates frequently, endowing it with exceeding durability. The disease has been present in humans for more than 2400 years, and elicits epidemics and pandemics every 10 to 50 years. Not only does the virus move among humans, but also traverses between humans and other animals. Few effective methods currently exist for acute treatment of influenza infection, so prevention is the most useful tactic employed. Annual vaccination of the public is an essential component of prevention. This course provides a historical perspective of the influenza disease, current understanding of its biology, and current immunization recommendations, including those of special populations. Also addressed are other standard preventative measures and supportive, symptomatic care for patients exhibiting symptoms of influenza infection.
  • ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-14-051-H01-P, IRD: 10-09-14, ERD: 10-9-17. Knowledge based activity.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the history of influenza.
  • Characterize what the “flu” is: properties of the influenza virus, how it infects humans, and where and how it mutates.
  • Portray the symptoms of influenza and the population groups at high risk for complications related to infection.
  • State counseling points for patients regarding how they can protect themselves and others from influenza.
  • Express the dosing requirements (children and adults), administration routes, and contraindications for influenza vaccination.
  • Discuss the different vaccines available for the current influenza season.
  • Describe the safety, efficacy, and common side effects of influenza vaccines.

Contact Hours: 2

Who Should Take this Course:

  • Target Audience: Pharmacists and Dietitians.
  • Credit Hours Awarded for: Nursing professionals, Physical Therapy professionals and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Full attendance required.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and course evaluation.

Faculty: Blaine Smith, PhD, PharmD

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