Although the impact of influenza varies, it places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. Of note, the highest number of influenza-related deaths have occurred in the same US states for the past 4 years. Primary care providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health care professionals can identify and help manage influenza in the community. However, better diagnostic modalities, more effective treatments, and practical methods to control the spread of influenza are needed. Although diagnostic tests for influenza exist and are currently being utilized, newer modalities are emerging that have promising advantages. Clinical trials and observational data show that early antiviral treatment can shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms and may reduce the risk of complications from influenza. Clinicians who evaluate patients must keep apprised of new information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of influenza so they can incorporate this information into practice, reducing patient morbidity and mortality. Three classes of antiviral drugs are currently available for the prevention and treatment of influenza: neuraminidase inhibitors, adamantanes, and the polymerase inhibitor baloxavir marboxil. This CME meeting series "Flu Forum: Are You Ready for the 2019-2020 Influenza Season?" will explore existing and newer diagnostic methods for influenza as well as approved antiviral agents regarding their novel mechanisms of action, ability to reduce duration of clinical illness and complications, and cessation of viral shedding. Clinical cases will be presented to highlight the key educational objectives.
Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
The intended audience for the activities this activity is internists, family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with influenza.
5 minutes Introduction
15 minutes Diagnosing Flu-Current Approaches
25 minutes Flu Treatment and Prophylaxis
20 minutes Case Challenges in Flu
10 minutes Question and Answer
There is no registration fee.
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Vindico Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This program is acceptable for 1.25 contact hours of ACPE Continuing Education Credit.This education activity is pending approval by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners of up to 1.25 contact hours of accredited education.Conference organizers plan to request 1.25 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel.
Unlabeled and Investigational Usage
The audience is advised that this activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage.
MIPS Qualifying Activity:
Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS). Participants who successfully complete the activity and its performance assessment will receive printable documentation of successful completion for MIPS self-reporting.
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