What’s New for the 2016-2017 Flu Season: Recommendations for Children

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Henry H. Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore
LIJ School of Medicine


Influenza (flu) is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Clinicians have a critical role in taking action to immunize children, children’s family members and caregivers, and themselves. Use of antiviral drugs early in children can lessen the impact of influenza infection, but immunization remains the most effective means of preventing the flu and complications from the flu. For the 2016-2017 flu season, several new recommendations have been identified that particularly impact flu vaccination for children. During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight this critical information and discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe strategies to prepare for the 2016-2017 influenza season.
  • Identify key recommendations in the AAP influenza policy statement.
  • Discuss vaccine effectiveness.
  • Clarify recommendations related to live attenuated influenza vaccine.
  • Explain the importance of antiviral medications in the control of influenza.
  • Discuss flu vaccine and egg allergic children.

Call Materials

Accreditation Statements

“WC2286” for attendees who participate in the live call (must be completed by November 26, 2016)
“WD2286” for attendees who participate in the online presentation (must be completed by November 26, 2018)

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians

  • Contact Information:coca@cdc.gov
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.

Accreditation Statements

CME:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

IACET CEU:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEU’s for this program.

CECH:Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

Image of acpe logo.CPE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 0.1 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-16-197-L04-P and enduring 0387-0000-16-197-H04-P course category.

Course Category: This activity has been designated as knowledge-based.

Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline. Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor.

AAVSB/RACE:This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.0 hours of continuing education in the jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE Program at race@aavsb.org if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

CPH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credit for this program.

CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance please contact NBPHE at http://www.NBPHE.orgexternal icon.

There is no cost for this program.

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