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COCA Call – 2018-2019 Influenza Season and Recommendations for Clinicians

Influenza activity in the United States is increasing and is expected to continue at elevated levels for several more weeks. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses have been most common this season; influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B viruses are also circulating. In the southeastern part of the country, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been most commonly reported this season. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months and older and is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially serious complications. Available evidence consistently indicates that antiviral treatment initiated as early as possible can be a useful second line of defense to treat influenza illness when indicated and can reduce severe outcomes of influenza.

During this CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, clinicians will learn about 2018 –2019 influenza activity and hear an overview of CDC’s recommendations for health care providers regarding influenza vaccination and the use of influenza antiviral medications for the 2018-2019 influenza season, including a new antiviral medication approved by the FDA in October 2018. View complete info at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/228a59b.

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET
A few minutes before the webinar begins, please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/862187873

Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +16468769923,,862187873#  or +16699006833, 862187873#

Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 862 187 873
International numbers available here: https://zoom.us/u/afuFnVK9Q
The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the webpage a week after the COCA Call.
Free Continuing Education (CE) is available for most COCA Calls. Please see below for instructions on how to receive CE.

Activity Specific Objectives

At the conclusion of this COCA Call, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Summarize the current status of influenza activity in the United States.
  • Discuss the circulating influenza strains seen this season and the implications for clinicians.
  • Describe antiviral treatment recommendations for patients with influenza.

COCA Call Objectives

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

  1. Cite background information on the topic covered during the presentation.
  2. Discuss CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
  3. Describe the topic’s implications for clinicians.
  4. Discuss concerns and/or issues related to preparedness for and/or response to urgent public health threats.
  5. Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an interprofessional team of health care providers.

Presenters

  • Alicia P. Budd, MPH
    Epidemiologist
    Influenza Division
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Angela Campbell, MD, MPH
    Medical Officer
    Influenza Division
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

To receive continuing education (CE) for WC2922-012919 – (Webcast) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – “2018-2019 Influenza Season and Recommendations for Clinicians” – January 29, 2019, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by March 4, 2019.

To receive continuing education (CE) for WD2922-012919 – Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – “2018-2019 Influenza Season and Recommendations for Clinicians” – January 29, 2019, (Web on Demand), please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by March 5, 2021.