Satellite Symposium 2021: Managing Influenza: The Struggle Is Real!

Influenza exacts a tremendous toll on the US population each year, imposing a substantial burden on affected individuals as well as the healthcare system. During the 2019-2020 influenza season, 38 million Americans became ill, 18 million visited a healthcare provider for the illness, 400,000 were hospitalized, and 22,000 died, according to estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite these alarming numbers, the 2019-2020 season was considered to be only “moderate” in severity. Numbers for the 2020-2021 flu season are much lower than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the fact that the impact of influenza varies from season to season, PAs must remain vigilant with regard to diagnosing the illness promptly to facilitate early treatment and optimal use of antivirals in both pediatric and adult patients. In this continuing education activity, expert clinicians will discuss the latest updates in influenza diagnosis and management.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate influenza from other respiratory illnesses by utilizing evidence-based diagnostic recommendations and best practices
  • Implement the use of antivirals for the treatment of influenza based on patient characteristics, as well as the treatment’s efficacy and safety
  • Examine how the use of antiviral prophylaxis can reduce the spread of influenza infection