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122243 - Immunise against influenza in the community

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A Category 2, 1hour online case study based program on Immunising against influenza in the community

Relevance to General Practice

The three major types of influenza viruses (A, B, and C) are differentiated by their surface proteins.2 Influenza A and B are the main causes of illness in humans, and are therefore the only two strains included in the seasonal influenza vaccine. 

Influenza A viruses are further divided into subtypes based on the two types of surface antigens: haemagglutinin (H) which facilitates cell attachment during infection, and neuraminidase (N), which helps virus leave the cell. In humans, the subtypes of H are 1,2, and 3; and those of N are 1 and 2. Infections with influenza A (H3N2) are usually more serious than those with influenza B or seasonal influenza A (H1N1). 

In adults, the onset of illness often occurs suddenly. Common symptoms include fever, dry non-productive cough, nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, malaise, fatigue, anorexia and myalgia. Symptoms may range from mild to severe, and since symptoms are non-specific, many influenza cases are undiagnosed.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the epidemiology, clinical features, and potential complications of influenza that can be prevented with vaccines.
  • Educate patients about the benefits of receiving the influenza vaccine, and address any safety concerns
  • Identify at-risk people that would benefit from annual influenza immunisations according to the national recommendations, including those younger than 65 year
  • Recognise that healthcare workers are a target group that would benefit from immunisation against influenza
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