David Hillyard, MD
ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT

Reeti Khare, PhD, D(ABMM)
Northwell Health Laboratories, Little Neck, NY

During recent years, deaths related to influenza have ranged from 12,000 to 80,000 per year according to the CDC and the 2018 season was the worst in nearly a decade. With anywhere from 10 to 50 million illnesses each year, how can laboratorians and healthcare professionals be prepared for the unpredictability of respiratory season? This webinar will discuss the past few seasons of influenza, from prevalence and types to vaccine efficacy and the challenge to prepare. Our speakers will describe the various diagnostic approaches, clinical impact, and global strategies for the coming decades.

Upon completion of the webinar, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the incidence and diversity of influenza in the United States and vaccine efficacy in recent years
  • Describe the various approaches to diagnosis of influenza and other respiratory viral infections and considerations to determine the best approach per laboratory and patient setting
  • Analyze the clinical impact of the various approaches with respect to hospitalization and antimicrobial/antiviral stewardship
  • Assess the recommendations for pandemic preparedness from the WHO Global Flu Strategy (2019-2030)

    Level of Instruction - Intermediate
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