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Influenza and Immunizing the Geriatric Population

Presented by the University of Alabama School of Medicine
Division of Continuing Medical Education

Release Date: May 31, 2013
Expiration Date: May 31, 2016

Target Audience
Objectives
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CME Participation
Accreditation & Credit

Overview
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Case Question #1
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TARGET AUDIENCE:
Primary care physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, and dieticians.

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should:
  • Be able to understand the presentation of influenza in the older adult and the difficulties in diagnosing
  • Be able to understand the implications of delaying the diagnosis
  • Be able to understand senescence and its relationship in the older adult
  • Know how to implement evidence-based dosage adjustments in the older adult and a better approach to immunization for this population
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SOURCE:
FACULTY:

AUTHORS:

Stephanie L. McGilvray, PA-C
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Patricia Jennings, DrPH
Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham

EDITORS:

Kathleen T. Foley, PhD, OTR/L
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Marilyn Bulloch, PharmD
Auburn University

Mark Swanson, OD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Natalie Baker, DNP
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Angela G. Rothrock, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Patricia Sawyer, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

MANAGING EDITOR:

Channing R. Ford, MPA, MA
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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DISCLOSURE:

The authors and editors have no relevant financial relationships related to the content of this activity to disclose.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Because of the nature of preliminary studies, some products mentioned are unlabeled and investigational. Dosages, indications, and methods of use of drugs mentioned in this publication may reflect the experience of the authors, clinical literature, or other resources. Therefore, please see the full prescribing information before using any licensed product mentioned.


CME PARTICIPATION:

Effective July 1, 2011, enduring materials are required to provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objectives of the activity. For our online enduring materials, the UAB Division of CME has begun implementing a post-test questionnaire (5 content-related questions). Upon completion of the course, you will be directed to the post-test questionnaire. To receive your CME certificate, you must score a minimum of 80% on the post-test.

Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Occupational Therapy:
To participate in this online course for CME and CEU credit, please review the objectives before beginning the program. Complete the course and the self-assessment test before May 31, 2016 to receive CME credit. Your certificate will then be available online. This process should take approximately 1 hour.

Social Work and Dietetics:
To receive credit for continuing education for this module, please review the objectives before beginning the program. Complete the course and the self-assessment module before May 31, 2016 to receive credit. Your certificate will be emailed to you within one month of completion. This process should take approximately 1 hour.

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ACCREDITATION:

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The boards of nursing in many states, including Alabama, recognize Category 1 continuing medical education courses as acceptable activities for the renewal of license to practice nursing.

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DISCLAIMER:
Dosages, indications, and methods of use of any drug referred to in this publication may reflect the clinical experience of the authors, clinical literature, or other clinical resources. Therefore, please see the full prescribing information before using any product mentioned. UAB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
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EPIDEMIOLOGY:

Influenza or the flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by an RNA virus that replicates within the human host.1 Influenza is spread person to person in droplets released by coughing or sneezing.2 Individuals with influenza can be contagious beginning one day before the arrival of symptoms and can remain contagious up to seven days after becoming sick. The epidemiology of influenza is noted as seasonal in North America and is rarely seen between May and September. Its activity increases in the cooler months of the year and peaks from December to March. Since the older adult population tends to have multiple chronic medical conditions, they are significantly impacted by influenza and its complications.[1]

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Question 1 of 5

1. Of the three most common types of influenza viruses, which one has the potential to cause the most severe illnesses and can cause death?

A. Influenza Virus A
B. Influenza Virus B

C. Influenza Virus C


 

 
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