Activity Details

Free CME
0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: January 15, 2020
Expires: January 14, 2021
45 minutes to complete

Provided By

This continuing medical education activity is provided by

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is emergency medicine physicians and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with influenza.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Incorporate diagnostic assays into practice that have demonstrated improved sensitivity, specificity, and convenience to improve the detection of influenza.
  • Implement effective practices and procedures that reduce the spread of influenza in the hospital setting.
  • Utilize therapeutic regimens that effectively treat influenza as well as reduce its complications.

Activity Description

Although the impact of influenza varies, it places a substantial burden on the health of children and adults in the United States each year. Emergency departments are a frequent point of entry for many influenza cases and are well-positioned to identify and manage influenza community outbreaks and epidemics. Clinical trials and observational data show that early antiviral treatment can shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms and may reduce the risk of complications from influenza. Three classes of antiviral drugs are currently available for the prevention and treatment of influenza: neuraminidase inhibitors, adamantanes, and the polymerase inhibitor baloxavir marboxil. The faculty of this CME activity will explore existing and newer diagnostic methods for influenza as well as approved antiviral agents regarding their novel mechanisms of action, ability to reduce duration of clinical illness and complications, and cessation of viral shedding.


Diagnosing Flu in the ED – Jason E. Bowling, MD
Case Presentation – Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Influenza Treatment – Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA
Case Presentation – Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Wheel of Flu Knowledge – Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP


Activity Chair:
Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP
Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
Maricopa Integrated Health Systems
Professor, Research Scholar
University of Arizona and Creighton
College of Medicine
Phoenix, AZ
  • Disclosure: Royalty: UpToDate, Inc.

Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, MBA
Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Professor of Medicine
Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
  • Disclosure: Consulting Fee: DiaSorin, Shionogi
  • Ownership Interest: Johnson & Johnson

Jason E. Bowling, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director of Hospital Epidemiology, University Health System
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
  • Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Emergency Physician
Chief, Emergency Medicine
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
  • Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
  • Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Vindico Medical Education Staff:
  • Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed Disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears above.

Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, view the CME content, and complete the CME posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 70% of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Disclaimer Statement/Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of FDA-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2020 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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