Influenza Update 2020 - 2021:
Avoiding the Twindemic

Originally presented on September 24, 2020

Litjen (LJ) Tan, MS, PhD

Co-Chair, National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, and
Chief Strategy Officer, Immunization Action Coalition
St. Paul, MN

The COVID-19 epidemic continues to impact New Yorkers in every facet of their lives. Heading into the Fall, public health and health care experts have been sounding the alarms about the upcoming influenza season. With overlapping vulnerable populations, how can health care providers and public health experts prevent this “twindemic” of COVID-19 and influenza? Join nationally renowned immunization expert LJ Tan to hear the most up-to-date information about the upcoming flu season and flu vaccination, and strategies for helping people address both COVID-19 and influenza in their communities.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will expand their knowledge and competence on the influenza recommendations during the COVID pandemic.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Review and discuss the epidemiology and burden of disease of influenza of the previous influenza season;
  • Discuss any updates to influenza vaccination recommendations;
  • Discuss the impact of co-circulating influenza and COVID-19 disease during the upcoming influenza vaccination season; and
  • Summarize innovative approaches to improving influenza immunization access during COVID-19.

Target Audience
Healthcare providers in New York State, including infectious disease and family practice providers.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits:

Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation & Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

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Disclosure Statements

Sarah Hershey, RN, BSN spouse owns stock in Bristol Meyers Squibb

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

None of the other planners and presenters have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until September 30, 2023.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until September 30, 2023.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until September 30, 2023.