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Influenza Prevention and Control for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Date:Thursday, September 27, 2012

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


Henry H. Bernstein, DO
Professor of Pediatrics
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

Lawrence Rhein, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director UW Center for Pain Relief
Director of Center for Healthy Infant Lung Development
Children’s Hospital, Boston


Children with underlying medical conditions, to include neurological disorders, are at higher risk for influenza-associated complications. During the 2009-2010 Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic, children with neurological disorders experienced a greater burden of morbidity and mortality. Influenza prevention and control strategies in this at-risk population should include coordinated care among clinicians and the children’s families. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss subspecialist and primary care pediatrician collaborations regarding influenza prevention and control strategies for improving care for high-risk children.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Identify gaps and opportunities to improve influenza prevention and control for children and youth with special health care needs
  • Describe which children are at highest/increased risk for influenza complications
  • Discuss the importance of developing partnerships between medical subspecialists and primary care pediatricians to promote medical homes for children
  • Identify specific strategies to enhance influenza prevention and control for children with neurologic and other chronic medical conditions

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live webcast and audio conference call on 9/27/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 9/27/12
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

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


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • 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.