Target Audience: Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician 1.5 Credits Activity Release Date: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM Activity Expiration Date: 5/10/2024 12:00:00 AM Infectious Disease
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Course Summary
Influenza is a highly contagious, viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that occurs most often in the late fall, winter, and early spring. It is a serious infection, which affects millions of people in the United States and millions worldwide every year. Influenza vaccines can be effective for preventing influenza illness, the severity of the illness, and may reduce the need for hospitalization. Vaccine efficacy varies based on the influenza variant, the severity of a particular flu season, and differences in the flu shots that are prepared for a particular flu season. Treatments may include antivirals for influenza. Adverse events from vaccination administration or antiviral treatments may occur.
Course Objectives
  • Identify the types and spread of influenza virus as a worldwide concern
  • Describe the environmental and behavioral factors of influenza virus
  • Compare the risks and corresponding complications of influenza, and of the benefits and risks of vaccination
  • Identify influenza prevention, immunization, treatment, and preparedness in the event of an adverse reaction
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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction

II. Influenza Virus

  1. Infected Droplets
  2. Contact Transmission

III. Epidemiology of Influenza

  1. Annual Epidemics
  2. Seasonal Variations
  3. Severity and Outcomes

IV. Clinical Features and Diagnosis

V. Complications of Influenza

VI. Treatment and Prevention of Influenza Infection

  1. Annual Vaccination and Vaccine Efficacy (VE)
  2. Antivirals
  3. Infection Control
  4. Use of a Mask Versus Respirator

VII. Children and Pregnant Women

  1. Children
  2. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Pregnancy

VIII. Role of Pharmacists and Interdisciplinary Professionals

IX. CDC Recommendations: Influenza Season 2020-2021

  1. Vaccine Selection
  2. High Risk Populations and 2021 Recommendations
  3. Medical Conditions and History of Egg Allergies
  4. Travelers and Influenza Vaccination

X. Special Considerations of Influenza Vaccination

           Anaphylaxis Preparedness and Response

XI. Summary

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