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Influenza in Older Adults – Ensuring Optimal Protection

1.00 Mainpro+ Credit(s)

Program available online until: August 29, 2019



This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.00 Mainpro+ Credit(s).

Cert+ Program ID#: 188422





A Structured Approach to Influenza Vaccination

Elderly couple

Influenza has a major impact on older adults.  The majority of the annual 12,200 influenza-associated hospitalizations in Canada occur in people 65 years of age and older.1 Of those with laboratory confirmed influenza, >13% will experience catastrophic disability and face the prospect of loss of independence and quality of life.2  This demographic also incurs more than 90% of influenza-related deaths.3 The most effective strategy to reduce this influenza burden is through vaccination, and adults aged 65 years and older now have more options available to them.4

This discussion explores how to actively approach older patients to discuss influenza vaccine options.  The goal is to reduce the older patient’s risk of influenza and its associated morbidity and mortality. 

Planning Committee

  • Mark Loeb, MD, FRCPC.
  • William A. Fisher, PhD, FCAHS.
  • John Axler, MD, CCFP, FCFP.
  • Phyllis Bedder, MD, MCFP.
  • Anas Nseir, MD, CCFP, FCFP, B.Pharm..
  • Jennifer Searle, RPh, PharmD, RN, BScN, BSc.
  • Betty Golightly, BSc Pharm, RPh, FTM.
  • Carlene Oleksyn, BSc Pharm, CTH, CDE.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this continuing education program, the clinician will be better able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of influenza in older populations
  2. Review influenza vaccine options for older patients
  3. Identify the steps required to improve influenza vaccine uptake in older patients
  4. Apply a structured approach to recommending and immunizing older individuals with the influenza vaccine
  5. Manage common patient issues linked with declining influenza vaccination

Questions answered by our expert: Mark Loeb, MD, FRCPC

  1. When would you recommend that primary care clinicians consider an enhanced influenza vaccine for older adults?
  2. What are the key issues you would like primary care clinicians to consider as they prepare their practice setting for the annual influenza season?
  3. In your experience, what is the most effective way to approach patients regarding influenza immunization?
  4. What are the key patient concerns that you see in practice? How do you recommend primary care healthcare professionals address them?
  5. What has your experience been with “presumptive offering?” How long do these discussions actually take?
Video Expert Mark Loeb answers questions related to Influenza in Older Adults

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