Influenza Update: Identification and Management of the High-Risk Patient

Release Date: October 30, 2020 
Last Reviewed: October 25, 2020
Expiration Date: October 30, 2021
Time to Complete Activity: 1.0 hour

*This activity expired for credit on October 30, 2021 and is no longer available for credit

Faculty Presenter

Michael Angarone, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Medical Education
Division of Infectious Disease
Departments of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL  

Steering Committee 
Michael Angarone, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Medical Education
Division of Infectious Disease
Departments of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
Janna L. Williams, MD
Instructor of Medicine 
Division of Infectious Diseases 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, a member for the Roche Group.  
Target Audience
This activity been designed to address the educational needs of doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who treat adults and/or children. It may also benefit other healthcare professionals who are interested or involved in the care of patients with, or at risk for, influenza and related complications. 

Statement of Need
DOs who practice in the primary care setting regularly see a wide range of patients (both adults and children) with chronic conditions and other risk factors that make them susceptible to potentially deadly complications of influenza. Yet many high-risk patients go unnoticed and undertreated in primary care, as misperceptions about the role of diagnostic laboratory testing and antiviral therapy abound. The confusion is fueled by the recent availability of the first and only antiviral indicated for both otherwise healthy and high-risk patients that has been ushered into clinical practice along with an abundance of new data and shifting paradigms in influenza care, especially given the current COVID-19 pandemic and related co-infection concerns. In this educational activity, DOs working in primary care and their associated clinical colleagues will explore advances in influenza care, including optimal, evidence-based strategies to identify and treat patients with, or at risk for, influenza who are prone to complications and a longer duration of viral shedding.  

Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Select appropriate candidates for influenza treatment or prophylaxis based on signs, symptoms, and risk factors
  • Demonstrate appropriate timing of antiviral initiation based on patient characteristics and current evidence, without awaiting laboratory test results 
  • Devise regimens for influenza treatment and prophylaxis that are proven to reduce the duration of illness, viral shedding, and related complications 


  • Influenza Is Not Benign, Especially in High-Risk Patients
  • Case Studies: Diagnosing Influenza
  • Antivirals: An Important Tool in the Influenza Treatment Arsenal
  • Case Study: Influenza Treatment in the High-Risk Patient
  • Q&A

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Michael Angarone, DO
Consulting fees: AbbVie Inc
Speakers Bureau: Allergan, Inc 

Janna L. Williams, MD 
Consulting fees: AbbVie Inc

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