VIDEOCME

Flu in the Rheum! Managing Influenza Infection

Author(s)/Faculty: Leonard H. Calabrese, DO; Cassandra Calabrese, DO; Paul E. Sax, MD
Release Date: 12/17/2020Expiration Date: 12/16/2021
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 1.25
Content Type: VideoProvider:
Influenza places a substantial burden on the health of both children and adults in the United States each year. While immunization helps to prevent flu infection, there is a need for improved treatments, preventative measures, and better mitigation for the impact associated with a pandemic, especially in high-risk patients who have comorbid illnesses or who are immunocompromised. In particular, patients with rheumatic disorders are highly vulnerable to infections because of abnormalities in their immune system, and the immunosuppressive effects of their medications. They are at high-risk group for influenza virus infection as well as for complications from the virus. Therefore, it is important that rheumatologists and internists are competent in their management of patients who have a rheumatic disease and are either exposed to or contract influenza. In this continuing educational activity, expert clinicians will discuss the latest updates on diagnosing and treating influenza.