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Protecting Children at Highest Risk for Influenza Complications

Date:Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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


Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Drexel University College of Medicine

Henry H. Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Seema Jain, MD
Medical Epidemiologist
Influenza Division
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP
Medical Officer
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Children with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders, are at higher risk for influenza-associated complications. Using antiviral therapies early and aggressively in these vulnerable children can lessen the impact of influenza infection. Clinicians have a critical role in taking action to immunize these children and their close contacts. During this COCA Call, subject matter experts from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics will discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use in partnership with parents to improve influenza prevention and control in children at highest risk.


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

  • Identify chronic medical conditions associated with increased risk of hospitalization or influenza complications in children.
  • Review caregiver and physician perceptions and practices about seasonal influenza immunization in children with neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions.

  • Discuss collaborative opportunities for medical subspecialists and primary care pediatricians to promote medical homes for children and increase influenza immunization.

  • Describe strategies and key messages to improve influenza prevention and control in children at highest risk for complications.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 9/24/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 9/24/13
  • 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.