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 the older adult population for health care professionals in the United States.

Seasonal Influenza Immunization: Strategies for Protecting Older Adults

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) and mdBriefCase Group Inc. NFID is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NFID designates this online enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1CreditTM. This program has been reviewed and developed by the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID).

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

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Planning Committee

  • William Schaffner, MD
  • Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH
  • Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, MACP, FAAP
  • Wilbur H. Chen, MD, MS, FACP

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 immunization 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 immunization. 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.

Resources

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

World Health Organization (WHO): Influenza

Learn more about the burden of influenza and read through the WHO's position papers and policy recommendations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Review flu activity and flu vaccine effectiveness.

CDC Influenza Risk Assessment Tool

The Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT) is an evaluation tool developed by CDC and external influenza experts that assesses the potential pandemic risk posed by influenza A viruses that currently circulate in animals but not in humans.

Publications

National and international 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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The Unmet Need in the Elderly: Designing new influenza vaccines for older adults.

McElhaney JE.

Abstract

Breakthrough strategies to improve the current influenza vaccines are required to avoid a crisis in health care. A targeted approach will develop vaccines that can reverse these age-related changes in T-cell responses, particularly the functions of cytotoxic T lymphocytes.

Slide Decks

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

Seasonal Influenza Immunization: Strategies for Protecting Older Adults

This program addresses national issues in influenza immunization 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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