A New Era in Influenza: Differential Diagnosis and Antiviral Selection in the Complex COVID-19 Landscape

Released On
September 30, 2021

Expires On
September 30, 2022

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes

Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Disease, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Primary Care, Pediatrics

Adult Vaccination, Geriatric Medicine, Pediatrics

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This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC..


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.

Credit Available

  • PA Continuing Education — maximum of 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
  • Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education — 1.0 contact hour of continuing education

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of nurse practitioners (NPs) and PAs who practice across a range of healthcare settings, many of which accommodate a high volume of patients who are at high risk for influenza-related complications (e.g., primary care, infectious diseases, women’s health, pediatrics, and geriatrics). It might also benefit other clinicians who are involved or interested in the prevention and management of influenza.

Program Overview

With a growing national shortage of primary care physicians, today’s complex and dynamic healthcare environment increasingly places NPs and PAs as front-and-center clinical managers of infectious diseases like influenza and the global COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic makes these frontline clinicians more important than ever before. Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses can cause similar symptoms, making differential diagnosis difficult and even more confounding to clinicians, patients can be coinfected with both SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses simultaneously. The global impact of COVID-19 has resulted in rapid, ongoing changes to influenza practice guidelines. This educational activity will provide a concise, case-based, expert-led review of the latest clinical practices and best available evidence for effective influenza management, targeted to the unique needs of NPs and PAs.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Recognize patients who would most benefit from antiviral therapy based on risk of influenza-related complications, in accordance with evolving recommendations in the COVID-19 era
  • Distinguish influenza from other viral infections in patients based on signs, symptoms, and test results in the COVID-19 era
  • Develop individualized antiviral treatment plans that are safe and effective for patients with, or at risk of, influenza and/or possible co-infections in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 era


Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, APRN, CIC, FSHEA, FNAP
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY

Laura Gunder McClary, DHSc, MHE, PA-C, CLS (ASCP)
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Director of Health Education Track
Doctor of Medical Science
Provo, UT

Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine
Assistant Dean for Culture and Community Education
UC Irvine School of Medicine
UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)
Santa Ana, CA

Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Global Education Group and Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC. Global Education Group is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 110121. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) (which includes 0.4 hours of pharmacology).


This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 9/30/2021 to 9/30/2022. AAPA reference number: CME-203509.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) adheres to the policies and guidelines, including the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE, set forth to providers by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all other professional organizations, as applicable, stating those activities where continuing education credits are awarded must be balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. All persons in a position to control the content of an accredited continuing education program provided by Global are required to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible company within the past 24 months to Global. All financial relationships reported are identified as relevant and mitigated by Global in accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE in advance of delivery of the activity to learners. The content of this activity was vetted by Global to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The faculty have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Name of Faculty or Presenter    Reported Financial Relationship
Ruth Lynne Carrico Consulting Fees (e.g., Advisory Board):

Novavax; Pfizer Inc.; Sanofi Pasteur

Speaker’s Bureau: Pfizer Inc.; Sanofi Pasteur

Grant/Research Support: Johnson &
Laura Gunder McClary Nothing to disclose
Charles Vega Consulting Fees (e.g., Advisory Board):

GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson

The planners and managers have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Kristin Delisi, NP Nothing to disclose
Lindsay Borvansky Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk Nothing to disclose
Liddy Knight Nothing to disclose
Ashley Cann Nothing to disclose
Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members Nothing to disclose

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To receive a CME certificate of participation, you should:

  1. Follow instructions to register or log in with your professional information and complete the preactivity assessment
  2. View the online activity in its entirety
  3. 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.

Global Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

There is no fee required for participation in this activity.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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