Why Care About Seasonal Influenza In The Age of Ebola?
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Last Reviewed: February 4, 2015
Expiration Date: February 18, 2016
Time to Complete: 1.0 hour

*This activity expired for credit on February 18, 2016 and is no longer available for credit
This activity is provided by Global Education Group. This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.



Thomas M. File Jr, MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP (Chair)
Professor, Internal Medicine;
Master Teacher; Chair, Infectious Disease Section
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Rootstown, OH
Chair, Infectious Disease Division
Summa Health System
Akron, OH
William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN
Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, within the specialties of primary care—including internal medicine, family practice, and general practice; geriatrics; obstetrics/gynecology; emergency medicine; neurology; pulmonology; allergy; endocrinology; pediatrics; public health; infectious disease. This activity may be of benefit to other clinicians who care for patients with chronic diseases who may be at high risk for consequences of seasonal influenza.
Learning Objectives
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Apply knowledge of current seasonal influenza morbidity and mortality data to effectively inform patients of the risks of infection and the need to prevent infection through annual vaccination.
  • Formulate clinical practice strategies for seasonal influenza vaccination that incorporate evidence-based guidelines and current indications for FDA-approved influenza vaccines.
  • Evaluate the role of antiviral medications in the prevention and treatment of seasonal influenza.
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Disclosure of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.
Instructions for Participation
To receive a certificate of participation, participants must:
  • Follow instructions to register or log in with your professional information and complete the pretest.
  • View the online activity in its entirety.
  • Complete and submit the online posttest and evaluation. You must answer 70% of the posttest questions correctly to earn credit. You will have unlimited opportunities to successfully complete the posttest.
  • A certificate of participation will be available for download/printing immediately following your successful completion of the posttest and evaluation.
For questions regarding credit, contact the Paradigm CME Department at (845) 398-5949.
There is no fee required for participation in this activity.
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The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity:
Name of Faculty or Presenter
Reported Financial Relationship
Thomas M. File Jr, MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
Consultant/Independent Contractor:  Merck & Co, Inc;
 Pfizer Inc,
William Schaffner, MD
Consultant/Independent Contractor:  Merck & Co, Inc
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity:
Name of Planner or Manager
Reported Financial Relationship
Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN
No financial relationships to disclose
Amanda Glazer, PhD
No financial relationships to disclose
Kelly Enders
No financial relationships to disclose
Laura Gilsdorf
No financial relationships to disclose

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Independent peer reviewer has no financial relationships to disclose.
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