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Influenza and Immunization

Author: Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Influenza vaccine can be effective for preventing influenza illness. It is not known if vaccination reduces the risk of subsequent hospital admission among patients with vaccine failure and laboratory confirmed influenza illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive an annual vaccination. The best way to protect against influenza includes recognition of symptoms and prevention of spread, and annual vaccination. A summary of the latest information on the epidemiology of influenza, and the signs, symptoms, complications, and treatments with vaccines and antivirals for influenza are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.      The Influenza Virus
1.   Infected Droplets
2.   Contact Transmission
3.   Yearly Epidemics
4.   Seasonal Variation
5.   Severity and Outcomes
III.        Clinical Features of Influenza Infection
IV.        Diagnosis of Influenza
V.         Complications of Influenza
VI.        Treatment of Influenza Infection
1.   Infection Control
2.   Mask versus Respirator
VII.         Prevention of Influenza Infections
VIII.      Antivirals
1.   New Antiviral Drug
IX.         Children and Influenza
1.   Children < 6 Months of Age
2.   Children Aged 6 Months to 5 Years
3.   American Indian and Alaskan Native Children
4.   Children Aged 6 months - 18 years with Chronic Health Problems
5.   Flu shots (IIV)
6.   Nasal spray vaccine (LAIV4)
7.   Special Vaccination Instructions for Children
I.      Pregnancy and Influenza
II.     Case Study: Vaccine Effectiveness
III.    Case Study 2: Vaccine Effectiveness
IV.    Summary


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