While the annual burden of influenza is dynamic and relatively unpredictable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that it has been responsible for 9.3 to 49.0 million illnesses, 140,000 to 960,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000 to 79,000 deaths annually since 2010. The defense is two pronged—vaccination and antiviral agents—and primary care clinicians are key to this defense. This activity will review current recommendations for vaccination, the clinical and laboratory workup for suspected influenza, today’s approach to the use of antiviral agents, and the status of emerging antiviral agents.
Interactive clinical review and case study
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Implement strategies to differentially diagnose influenza in order to initiate early and appropriate therapy
- Individualize flu treatment with an approved antiviral medication based on current guideline recommendations
- Evaluate the efficacy, safety, and patient selection factors of current and emerging agents for treatment of influenza
NPs and PAs
CNE Credit Designation Statement
Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly provided by Practicing Clinicians Exchange.
Contact hours: 1.00, which are eligible for 1.00 pharmacology credit
Course director: Jason Worcester, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
CNE course advisor: Claire Murphy, MSN, NP-C, Boston University School of Medicine
AAPA Credit Designation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Continuing Education Alliance and Boston University. Continuing Education Alliance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Continuing Education Alliance has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until November 11, 2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
PA Planner: Lawrence Herman, MPA, PA-C, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
This activity was developed from a series of programs cosupported by educational grants from Astellas Pharma, Inc.; Biogen; Genentech; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Novo Nordisk, Inc.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.
The opinions or views expressed in this continuing education activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Boston University School of Medicine, Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or any educational supporter.
THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED.
Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relevant relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve any apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Dr Ison: consultant: Celltrion, Genentech/Roche, Janssen, VirBio, ViraCor Eurofins; DSMB member: Shionogi.
Mr Herman: consultant/speaker: Novo Nordisk.
The Planning Committee for this activity included Claire Murphy, MSN, NP-C, Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN, Jason Worcester, MD, Jody Walker, MS, and Julie L. White, MS, of Boston University School of Medicine; Lawrence Herman, MPA, PA-C, of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine; and Ruth Cohen and Craig Borders of Practicing Clinicians Exchange. None of the aforementioned members of the Planning Committee have any relevant relationships to disclose, except Mr Herman as noted above.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the content
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form online
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.00 hour.
Release date: November 12, 2019
Expiration date: November 11, 2020
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