The 2018-2019 flu season was more active and longer than usual, with rates of positive flu tests spiking in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, mostly driven by an emerging influenza A (H3N2) variant. The start of the 2019-2020 flu season has been marked by numerous cases of influenza B, which is unusual because influenza B usually appears toward the end of a flu season. This activity is designed to help NPs and PAs prepare for the 2019-2020 flu season by reviewing important points in the evaluation and management of flu-like illness, and by highlighting the latest data on appropriate use of antivirals. Information is provided via three case vignettes, to challenge learners’ clinical acumen.
Case studies with interactive benchmarking
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Describe factors to consider in the evaluation and management of patients with suspected influenza
- Individualize flu treatment with available antiviral medication based on current evidence
NPs and PAs
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, 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.
ANCC Credit Designation
Nursing contact hours: 1.00, which includes 1.00 hour of pharmacology credit
Nurse planner: Susan Tiso, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, University of California, Irvine, California
AAPA Credit Designation
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 credit. Approval is valid until January 23, 2021. 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, Columbia, South Carolina
IPCE Credit Designation
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.
The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or any educational supporter.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Continuing Education Alliance are required to disclose to the audience any relevant support or substantial relationships with providers of commercial products and/or devices discussed in this activity and/or with any commercial supporters of the activity. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and planning committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias, and based upon all the available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
Dr Auwaerter: advisory board: Advanced Therapeutics, DiaSorin, Shionogi; stock: Johnson and Johnson.
Mr Herman: consultant/speaker: Novo Nordisk.
None of the members of the Planning Committee or CE Alliance staff have any relevant relationships to disclose, except Mr Herman as noted above.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Read the activity in its entirety
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form
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: January 24, 2020
Expiration date: January 23, 2021
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