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2013-2014 Influenza Season: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians

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Date:Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Presenter(s)

Angela Campbell, MD, MPH, FAAP
Medical Officer
Influenza Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Panelist(s):

Pauline K. Park, MD, FACS, FCCM
Professor of Surgery
Co-Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit
University of Michigan

Lena M. Napolitano MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM
Professor of Surgery
Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery
Associate Chair of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Director, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
University of Michigan

Janet V. Diaz, MD
Consultant, Intensive Care and Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Critical Care Medicine
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez California

Overview

This influenza season, CDC has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) virus. Multiple pH1N1-associated hospitalizations, including many requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and some fatalities have been reported. For the 2013-14 season, if pH1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, illness that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults may occur. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older, and is the best way to prevent influenza. However, available evidence consistently indicates that antiviral treatment, when initiated as early as possible in patients with confirmed or suspected influenza, can reduce severe outcomes of influenza. During this COCA conference call, critical care physicians will comment on their recent experiences caring for patients with severe influenza, and a CDC subject matter expert will summarize the 2013-14 season to date and review CDC recommendations for health care providers including the use of antiviral medications for the treatment of influenza.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 01/23/14, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 01/23/14
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians

Hardware/Software

Additional Information

  • Contact Information:coca@cdc.gov
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.

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