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2011-2012 Influenza Season: Antiviral Medication Recommendations

Date:Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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

Presenter(s)

Timothy Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
Deputy Chief for Science
Epidemiology and Prevention Branch
Influenza Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
CDC

Overview

CDC estimates that influenza virus infections in the United States result in an average of more than 200,000 related hospitalizations, and between 3,300 to 49,000 deaths each year, depending upon the severity of the influenza season. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older, and is the best way to prevent influenza. However, available evidence consistently indicates that antiviral treatment, when initiated as early as possible in patients with confirmed or suspected influenza, can reduce severe outcomes of influenza. During this COCA conference call, a subject matter expert will review current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC guidance on the use of antiviral medications in the prevention and treatment of influenza.

Objectives

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

  • List currently recommended influenza antiviral medications
  • Understand recommendations for use of influenza antiviral medications for the 2011-2012 influenza season
  • Understand the potential benefits of antiviral treatment as outlined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live webcast and audio conference call on 2/28/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 2/28/12
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians

Hardware/Software

Additional Information

  • Contact Information:coca@cdc.gov
  • 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.

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