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Influenza Update

Program Type

Monograph

Credits

2 Contact Hour(s)

Release Date

Friday, November 16, 2018

Offline Date:

Sunday, May 16, 2021

ACPE Expiration Date

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Target Audience

Pharmacist

Cost

$8.00

  • Overview

    Influenza (commonly referred to as “the flu”) is a contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (eg, nose, throat, and lungs). Influenza viruses are primarily spread by respiratory transmission – through droplets from coughing or sneezing. The circulation of influenza viruses varies geographically, with transmission occurring between October and May in the Northern Hemisphere of the temperate region (which includes the US), April and September in the Southern Hemisphere of the temperate region, and year-round in tropical/sub-tropical regions. In the US, peak influenza activity often occurs in January and February. The flu can affect people of all ages, most frequently school aged children, usually causing asymptomatic infection or mild to moderate illness. Severe illness and death occur most often in vulnerable populations (eg, infants, elderly, and immunocompromised individuals). Each year, influenza affects 5-20% of the US population and causes 3,000-49,000 deaths from influenza-related complications. In the 2016-2017 season, 31 million Americans were infected, 14.5 million sought medical care, and 600,000 individuals were hospitalized due to influenza. Influenza vaccination is an important primary prevention strategy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine vaccination for all persons 6 months and older (unless contraindicated) starting in early fall, as soon as the vaccine becomes available. The vaccine is available in a variety of formulations; however, the ACIP makes no preferential recommendation and encourages vaccination with any licensed, age-appropriate vaccine during the 2018-2019 season. Despite the ACIP’s universal recommendation for influenza vaccination, only 47% of the target population in the US (individuals 6 months and older) received the vaccine during the 2016-2017 season. This issue provides key information on influenza vaccines and antiviral medications for the 2018-2019 flu season, including precautions, side effects, and use in special populations.

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    Handouts

    Homestudy PDF:   18217H07.pdf

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  • Pharmacist

    Describe the influenza disease course, symptoms, and diagnostic tests. Recognize people at high risk for flu complications.
    Describe the determinants for influenza vaccine efficacy. Discuss the rationale for the suboptimal efficacy of the 2017-2018 vaccines, and recommendations for the use of LAIV vaccine in 2018-2019.
    State the indications, dosing requirements (children and adults), administration routes, side effects, and contraindications for 2018-2019 influenza vaccinations.
    Discuss the use of antiviral drugs for influenza treatment and prevention; be able to apply the current recommendations for their use.

  • Activity Type

    Knowledge

    Universal Activity Number

    Pharmacist 0798-9999-19-063-H06-P

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    In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, participants must score no less than a 70% on the activity's test and complete a program evaluation.

  • Faculty

    Richard Dang, PharmD, APh, BCACP
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Director of Student Outreach for Community Health, and Site Coordinator of the PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy.




HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
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Google Chrome
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Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection
 
 
 

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