Every year, seasonal influenza is a significant cause of mortality among at-risk populations, elderly individuals, pregnant women, and children under 2 years of age. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, there is wide-spread apprehension regarding effective prevention and management of seasonal influenza during 2021-2022. Concurrent influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks could further critically overwhelm healthcare systems and drain resources, thereby exponentially increasing their burden. Therefore, overcoming existing and new barriers related to the best practice management of influenza is of high priority. Given that nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can aid in reducing influenza-associated morbidity and mortality, it is crucial that these professionals are well-prepared to vaccinate, diagnose, and treat patients that are at risk for developing or have seasonal influenza.
This activity will address knowledge and competence gaps regarding the prevention and management of influenza and ensure that influenza outbreaks are not missed or ignored during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to: