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The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza

Date:Thursday, October 12, 2017

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

NOTE: Due to limited technical capacity, we will not be able to host as many participants as usual for this COCA Call. We recommend joining the call at least 10 minutes before the call starts to get an open line. If you are unable to connect during the live webcast, please check the call’s webpage a week after the call, and click the “Call Materials” tab to view the presentation, listen to the audio recording, or watch the webcast. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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Healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a critical role in protecting older adults (age 65 years and older) against influenza (flu). Despite concerted efforts to promote annual influenza vaccination for older adults, persistent knowledge gaps exist regarding the burden of disease and the risk of flu and related complications for this vulnerable population. According to recent research, the phenomenon known as immunosenescence leaves older adults less responsive to standard influenza vaccines. HCPs play a critical role in strongly recommending and ensuring flu vaccination for older adults. During this COCA Call, presenters will share easy-to-use education materials available to support HCPs in discussing flu prevention with older adult patients.

Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

William Schaffner, MD
Medical Director
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

At the end of this COCA Call, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the phenomenon of immunosenescence and how the immune system grows weaker with aging.
  • Discuss the importance of safe and effective influenza vaccines specifically developed for adults age 65 years and older.
  • Describe resources available to help healthcare professionals talk with adult patients about specific influenza vaccines most beneficial for them.
  • Audio conference call on Thursday, 010/12/17: 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 10/12/17
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Accreditation Statements

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.


CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to total 1 Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

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CPE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive) 0.1 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-17-229-L06-P and enduring 0387-0000-17-229-H06-P course category.
This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.

Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline. Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credit for this program.

CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance please contact NBPHE at

AAVSB/RACE:This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.0 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.
The presentation will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.
CDC did not accept commercial support for this activity.


  1. Go to the CDC Training & Continuing Education Online System.
  2. Log in as a participant. If this is your first visit, you will need to register and establish a login name and password.
  3. Click on "Search and Register"
  4. Under “keyword search” find the course you are interested in by entering:
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    • "WD2286" for calls hosted past 30 days
  5. Select your course
  6. CE certificates can be printed immediately upon completion of your online evaluation.


  • Download the PowerPoint or webinar.
  • Complete the on-line evaluation within a year (and follow the instructions above.)
  • CE certificates can be printed immediately upon completion of your online evaluation.