Influenza Treatment in the Primary Care Setting

Although the impact of influenza varies, it places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths annually since 2010. There is a need for better treatments for patients with influenza infection, preventative measures, and better mitigation of the impact associated with a pandemic. Antivirals with different targets and mechanisms of action provide multiple therapeutic options and hold promise for improving treatment effectiveness, especially in pediatric and adolescent patients. In this continuing education activity, an expert clinician discusses the optimal ways to diagnose and treat influenza.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with or at risk for influenza.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Apply new evidence into practice regarding the use of diagnostic testing, treatment, and chemoprophylaxis for people with or at risk for influenza.
  • Incorporate the use of antiviral agents into practice based on their ability to reduce transmission, as well as treat people with influenza who are at normal or high risk for complications.

Additional Information

State Relevance: 
District of Columbia
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.75 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

John J. Russell, MD
Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Abington – Jefferson Health
Abington, PA

Dr. Russell discloses the following:
Consulting Fee: GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur
Speakers Bureau: Sanofi Pasteur

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation’s Standards for Commercial Support, all accredited providers are required to mitigate and disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of accredited content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the accredited activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears below.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

Vindico Medical Education Staff: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed Disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Reviewer Disclosures

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Linda A. Giarraputo PA-C has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Nurse Planner Disclosures

Chad Rittle DNP, MPH, RN, FAAOHN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Barbara A. Niedz, PhD, RN, CPHQ, discloses the following:
Consulting Fee: Beckton Dickinson
Contracted Research: Beckton Dickinson

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The audience is advised that this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage.

This continuing education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC Contact Hours

Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

Vindico Medical Education will provide 0.75 contact hours for nurses.

AANP Contact Hours

Accreditation Statement

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 0.67 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 20064282. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

AAPA Category I Credit

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from 6/30/2020 to 6/30/2021 . PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-200543.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.75 ANCC
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