Influenza — Frontline Management and Prevention

Released On
April 27, 2020

Expires On
April 27, 2021

Media Type

Completion Time
15 minutes

Acute Care, Case Management, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Home Care, Infectious Disease, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Pulmonology

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This activity is jointly provided by North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and Spire Learning.


Supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Accreditation Statement

This Enduring Material activity, Influenza-Frontline Management and Prevention, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 04/27/2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency:

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of family practice physicians, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with influenza.

Program Overview

Seasonal influenza has a significant socioeconomic impact, with several patient populations at high risk of complications. This podcast will provide the latest updates in the prevention and management of influenza and insights into opportunities for improved patient care, considerations for diagnostic testing, and efficacy and safety of antivirals.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recommend age-appropriate vaccines to reduce the risk of influenza complications
  • Identify patients at high risk of complications from influenza
  • Select safe and effective antiviral treatment strategies


Charles P. Vega Jr, MD

Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
Assistant Dean for Culture and Community Education
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Executive Director
UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community
Irvine, CA

Dr. Charles P. Vega Jr is Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Culture and Community Education at the University of California (UC), Irvine, School of Medicine. He also serves as Executive Director of the UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). Dr. Vega earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison before completing a family medicine residency at UC Irvine. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Vega’s academic interests are focused on access to quality, compassionate medical care for underserved populations, and the development of training programs to promote this vision of health care. In 2014, he was awarded a Macy Faculty Scholarship to improve patient-centered health education at UC Irvine. Dr. Vega has been invited to present at over 200 regional and national conferences on medical topics, medical education, and diversity and cultural effectiveness. He has authored over 1000 continuing medical education reviews and is a member of the California Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the California Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Vega serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Practice and Women’s Health, and the Family Medicine Advisory Board of Medscape, Inc. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine and American Family Physician.

John J. Russell, MD

Clinical Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Abington Memorial Hospital
Abington, PA

Dr. John J. Russell is a Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey. He then completed a residency in Family Practice at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Russell has held a number of leadership roles as a practicing physician, including serving as president of the Abington Memorial Hospital Medical Executive Committee. He has been Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Abington Memorial Hospital since 2005 and Co-Chair of the Bioethics Committee since 2001. Additionally, Dr. Russell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Russell has almost 30 years of experience presenting a variety of primary care and family medicine topics to primary care physicians at the regional and national level. He has delivered over 100 continuing medical education presentations on infectious diseases and immunizations, asthma, lipids, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Since 2014, he has served as host of the “Clinician’s Roundtable and Book Club” on ReachMD™ (SiriusXM®/iHeartRadio). He also cohosts the monthly American Diabetes Association podcast, “Diabetes Core Update.” Dr. Russell has served as a contributing editor for several primary care publications and as a reviewer for and contributor to American Family Physician and Vaccine. He is the author or coauthor of multiple journal publications on family medicine topics, including adult immunizations, dermatology, and infectious diseases, and coauthor of the textbook, “Dermatology Skills for Primary Care: An Illustrated Guide.”

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Charles P. Vega Jr, MD

  • Consultant: Genentech, Inc

John J. Russell, MD

  • Advisory Board: GlaxoSmithKline plc; Sanofi U.S.
  • Speaker: Sanofi U.S.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of therapies that are not FDA-approved. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings.

Participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this activity.

How to Receive Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this enduring activity. To receive credit for your participation in this educational activity:

  • Read the objectives and other introductory CME information
  • Complete the preassessment prior to the start of the activity
  • Participate in the influenza presentation
  • Complete the postassessment and evaluation at the conclusion of the activity

If you are seeking Prescribed credit, you must complete the postassessment and evaluation at the conclusion of the activity.

Course Viewing Requirements

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Supported Phones & Tablets:
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