Flu: The Other Deadly Virus

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Flu: The Other Deadly Virus—Course Summary

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2018 was the 100th anniversary of one of the largest and most devastating flu pandemics in modern history in which more people died than in all of World War I. We offer this course as a review of the current and historical impact of influenza, seasonal and pandemic. It includes epidemiology, virus types and subtypes, and how influenza viruses drift and shift. We describe the immense impact the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic, including lessons learned. We also discuss diagnosis, and treatment, universal vaccination, and the composition of the current influenza vaccine.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

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Conflict of Interest / Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation, or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Target Audience

This course is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, and allied health professionals.

If you are an occupational therapy professional, the following information applies to you:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Foundational Knowledge: Human Body, Development, and Behavior

Learning Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the annual global incidence of seasonal flu worldwide.
  2. State 2 characteristics each of influenza A, B, C, and D.
  3. Define antigenic drift and antigenic shift.
  4. Describe 3 characteristics of pandemic influenza.
  5. Identify the 5 “classic” clinical features of seasonal influenza.
  6. State the 3 types of flu vaccines available in the United States.
  7. Relate the percentage of adults vaccinated against influenza during the 2020-2021 flu season.
  8. Describe 3 reasons why healthcare providers refuse or fail to receive a seasonal influenza vaccination.
  9. Summarize the purpose of antiviral medications in the treatment of flu.
  10. State the 5 key influenza prevention strategies that should be practiced in all long-term care settings.
  11. Describe the makeup of the 2021–2022 influenza vaccine.
Course summary
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JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BS
Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT
Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Available Credit

  • 5.00 Contact hours


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