Tackling Influenza in High-Risk Populations: Early Diagnosis and Treatment is Crucial to Improve Outcomes

Program Overview

Most people recover from uncomplicated influenza, but influenza can cause complications that result in severe illness and death. Some patients are at higher risk of experiencing these complications. In this program, physicians specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, and emergency medicine discuss their clinical experience about managing patients who develop symptoms of influenza and are at high risk of complications. They also explain recent changes to national guidelines. A patient who developed symptoms of influenza and was at high risk of complications shares his experience with testing and treatment for influenza.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for clinicians who manage influenza in high-risk patients.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the possible presentations of influenza in high-risk individuals and identify patients likely to benefit from antiviral therapy
  • Differentiate between the available influenza antivirals on the basis of their efficacy and safety data from clinical trials
  • Develop individualized guideline-compliant antiviral treatment plans for high-risk patients to achieve optimal clinical outcomes

Activity Faculty


Sherif Mossad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST (Chair)

Staff, Department of Infectious Diseases
Section of Transplant Infectious Diseases
Respiratory Institute & Transplant Center
Professor, Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH


Jack Perkins, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency and Internal Medicine
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Assistant Residency Director
Virginia Tech Carilion Emergency Medicine Residency
Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Roanoke, VA


Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FAAFP

Tenured Professor, Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA


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