Influenza and “The Flu” 2023-24

Course Description & Information:

  • Influenza viruses cause respiratory infections in humans and other animals. These viruses are one of the seasonal, if not perineal respiratory viruses people routinely must deal with. The genetic makeup of influenza viruses that cause human disease change slightly annually, presenting a continuing challenge for keeping vaccines matched to circulating strains. For the infected individual, there are now more treatment options than previously. This presentation will look at influenza virus types, and highlight their similarities and differences – both among the viruses, and the effects they have on the human body. How can they be differentiated? What types of immune responses do humans mount, to defend against these viral infections? What are effective treatments? Is vaccination effective, and when should that be provided?
  • ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-23-013-L01-P, IRD: 10-18-2023. Knowledge based activity.
Course Objectives:

  • Define and discuss the history of influenza viruses, and influenza infection.
  • Explain what “influenza” is, as a disease, and as a virus.
  • Explain the influenza virus lifecycle in humans, and the importance of notable parts of the virus structure employed for vaccination.
  • Identify peak infection times of the year in the United States.
  • Discuss the current infection rate in the United States.
  • Evaluate annual influenza vaccine effectiveness.
  • Understand how currently approved drugs for treatment of influenza infection work.
  • Differentiate among the various currently available types of influenza prevention (vaccines).

Course Credit: 2 Contact Hours

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Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals (OT/OTA FL Only), and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

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

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