Influenza Vaccination Update- Pharmacist

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Influenza or “the flu” is an acute viral disease of the respiratory tract. Outbreaks and epidemics occur nearly every year, with the peak flu season in the Northern Hemisphere starting in November and continuing through March. The clinical impact of influenza varies from year to year. The flu can cause significant illness and death, especially in vulnerable populations such as infants, elders, and immunocompromised persons. (See the Patient Connection for more information.) However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5% to 20% of the U.S. population is affected each year, with an average of 226,000 individuals hospitalized for influenza-related complications. Over a 30-year period, yearly estimates of flu-related deaths have ranged from 3,000 to as many as 49,000. All persons 6 months of age or older should get an influenza vaccination every year. Universal influenza vaccination has been the recommendation since early 2010, when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to expand protection against influenza in the U.S. Despite this recommendation, in 2012 only 35% of U.S. adults had received a flu vaccination by early to mid-November. Vaccination rates in U.S. children have also been lower than expected; in 2012, only 40% of children aged 6 months or older received a vaccine by mid-November. Pharmacists can play a key role in promoting and maintaining high immunization rates. Staying current on new influenza developments, including new vaccine products and recommended immunization schedules, is critical for guiding patients. This issue provides key information on the vaccines available for the 2013-2014 flu season including precautions, side effects, and use in special populations.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-13-011-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.