CCIC Provider Education: What's New With the Flu?
Flu season is upon us! At this educational seminar, Dr. Suchitra Rao, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, presented on the influenza virus, including its epidemiology, history, clinical manifestations, and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Rao also provided an overview of the 2018-2019 ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) influenza vaccine recommendations in the United States. This educational seminar included a brief update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on the status of healthcare worker flu vaccination requirements in Colorado.
Suchitra Rao, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Pediatric Infectious Diseases/Hospital Medicine, Children’s Hospital CO
This seminar was presented for physicians, nurses, healthcare providers, students, educators, and stakeholders interested in immunization administration, delivery, policy and immunization generally; providers learned how to incorporate this year’s recommendations into their practice setting and walked away with effective strategies and resources to address influenza uptake.
At the conclusion of this seminar, participants could:
- Describe the influenza virus types, subtypes and epidemiology.
- Review clinical manifestations of influenza.
- Summarize previous influenza seasons, including vaccine effectiveness and burden of disease.
- Discuss contraindications, allergies, and recommendations.
- Review influenza diagnosis and treatment.