What’s Worse than Ebola? Seasonal Influenza: The Role of the Pharmacist in Prevention and Treatment
Release Date: February 27, 2015
Last Reviewed: February 12, 2015
Expiration Date: February 27, 2016
Time to Complete: 1.0 hour

*This activity expired for credit on February 27, 2016 and is no longer available for credit
This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.


Michael D. Hogue, PharmD
Professor and Chair
Pharmacy Practice Department
Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Birmingham, AL 
Dennis D. Stanley, BPharm
Wellness Manager
Martin’s Pharmacy
Richmond, VA
Target Audience
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of pharmacists, including community-based and health-system pharmacists. 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 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.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • The Important Role of Pharmacists
  • The Overlooked Impact of Seasonal Influenza
  • How to Select a Vaccine and Encourage Vaccination
  • The Role of Antivirals in Preventing and Treating Influenza
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusions
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Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.   

This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.
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Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
(Universal Activity Number - 0530-9999-14-206-H01-P)
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Disclosure of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.
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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 CPE activity:
Name of Faculty or Presenter
Reported Financial Relationship
Michael D. Hogue, PharmD

Grant/Research Support: Merck & Co, Inc.
Speakers Bureau: Pfizer, Inc.
Dennis D. Stanley, BPharm
Speakers Bureau: 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 CPE 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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