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Pediatric Influenza: Protecting the Youngest Patients

1.00 Mainpro+ Credit(s) / / / / /

Program available online until: November 01, 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#: 188471

Protecting the Youngest Patients

Mom and baby

This 1-hour accredited eCME program supports primary care professionals in building their knowledge and skill on the topic of influenza prevention in children 6 months to 2 years of age. The program will explore the burden of disease in this population, the importance of annual vaccination, provide efficient and effective ways to offer annual influenza vaccination to parents of children 6 months to 2 years of age and will consider barriers to vaccination including parental vaccine hesitancy and the lack of awareness of the importance of annual influenza vaccination.

Planning Committee

  • Noni MacDonald, MD, MSc, FRCPC.
  • William A. Fisher, PhD, FCAHS.
  • John Axler, MD, CCFP, FCFP.
  • Brian Aw, MD, CCFP, CTH®.
  • Emily Moon, BSc, MD, CCFP.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain particular importance of influenza immunization in children 6 months to 2 years of age.
  • Efficiently and effectively offer influenza immunization to parents of children 6 months to 2 years of age.
  • Navigate vaccine hesitancy in parents including steps to mitigate pain on immunization.
  • Provide influenza immunization to this population in accordance with national guidelines.

Ask the Expert: William A. Fisher, BA, MS, PhD, FCAHS

  • Why are influenza vaccines not given prior to 6 months of age?
  • Is pain actually an important factor in parental vaccine hesitancy?
  • What is the relative burden of influenza A and B strains in the pediatric population?
  • What are some common reasons for hesitancy concerning pediatric influenza vaccination?
  • What are some of the virtues of presumptive offering approaches to pediatric influenza vaccination?
  • What are some of the reasons for low coverage with pediatric influenza vaccination? 
Ask the Expert:  William A. Fisher, BA, MS, PhD, FCAHS

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