Influenza Knowledge Transfer Series

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An online environment designed to promote, educate and share information about the burden of seasonal influenza in an older adult population for health care professionals in the United Kingdom.

Physician Program on Seasonal Influenza Immunisation: Strategies for Older Adults

This online e-Learning program is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

This program addresses national issues in influenza immunisation in the UK for adults age 65 years and older, with the aim of supporting optimal decision-making in clinical practice for general practitioners.

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Planning Committee

  • George Kassianos, FRCGP, FBIHS, FESC, FBGTHA, FAcadMEd, FFTM RCPS Glasg
  • Roger Henderson, MBBS, LMSSA
  • Pauline MacDonald, ARRC, SRN, BSc (Hons), MSc

International Contributors

  • William Schaffner, MD
  • Paul Van Buynder, MBBS, MPH, FAFPHM
  • Shelly McNeil, MD, FRCPC

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe burden of influenza in adults aged 65 and older.
  • List the vaccine options available for seasonal influenza immunisation of adults aged 65 and older.
  • Differentiate vaccine products approved for seasonal influenza in adults aged 65 and older.
  • Effectively counsel older adult patients about the importance of seasonal influenza vaccination.
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Accredited for 2 Mainpro+ credits and 2 MOC Section 1 credits

Planning Committee

International Contributors

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

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Video Resources

Subject experts discuss key questions in seasonal influenza and immunisation. Main topics include considerations and challenges for vaccination in the older adult population, what to say to skeptical patients, and answers to other commonly asked questions.

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Are all the flu vaccines the same?

Pauline MacDonald, ARRC, SRN, BSc (Hons), MSc

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How do you advise patients who are hesitant about receiving flu vaccination?

George Kassianos, FRCGP, FBIHS, FESC, FBGTHA, FAcadMEd, FFTM RCPS Glasg

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How can I best protect my older adult patients against influenza?

George Kassianos, FRCGP, FBIHS, FESC, FBGTHA, FAcadMEd, FFTM RCPS Glasg

Resources

National and international influenza immunisation guidelines, facts and tools available for practical application.

The Green Book.

The Green Book has the latest information on vaccine preventable infectious diseases in the UK.

Annual Flu Reports.

The Public Health England annually publishes reports on influenza surveillance results from the winter season.

NHS Choices: Who Should Have the Flu Jab?

Read up on those who are at increased risk and qualify to receive a free flu vaccine in the UK.

Publications

International and UK research outlining health related information on influenza in the older adult population and its associated comorbidites. Various topics, historical data and longitudinal studies are examined, providing the latest in evidence and protocols.

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Efficacy and immunogenicity of high-dose influenza vaccine in older adults by age, comorbidities, and frailty.

DiazGranados CA, Dunning AJ, Robertson CA, Talbot HK, Landolfi V, Greenberg DP.

Abstract

A randomized trial demonstrated that a high-dose inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV-HD) was 24.2% more efficacious than a standard-dose vaccine (IIV-SD) against laboratory-confirmed influenza illness in adults ≥65 years.

Slide Decks

Presentation and learning materials for education for UK-based primary care around the burden of seasonal influenza in an older adult population.

Seasonal Influenza Immunisation: Strategies for Older Adults

This program addresses global issues in influenza immunisation for adults age 65 years and older. The intended audience includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other immunizers, public health and clinical program managers and senior policy advisors in healthcare facilities, regional, provincial/state and national health organizations.

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