Pharmacist-led flu vaccinations in adults 65 years and over: challenges and strategies - Certificate of Completion
Seasonal influenza (flu) is an acute respiratory infection which can affect up to 20% of the general community each year. Older adults who become infected with the flu are at a significantly elevated risk of complications compared to adults of a younger age. Complications can include secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia, sinusitis and otitis media, as well as conditions related to ischaemic cardiomyopathy, cerebrovascular disease and diabetes. Hospitalisation and death due to influenza infection is also more common among high-risk groups. Most deaths associated with influenza in countries like Australia occur among individuals who are 65 years of age or older.The most important prevention measure for influenza and its complications is yearly vaccination. Australian immunisation guidelines currently recommend one annual dose of influenza vaccination for people aged 65 years and over. Vaccinating older adults can reduce the severity of disease, the rate of hospitalisation from influenza and pneumonia, and all-cause mortality.
This interactive online learning activity is valued at 1 Hour(s) of continuing education.
BPharm(Hons), AACPA, GAICD
President, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Victoria Branch, Melbourne
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Evaluate the level of risk for suicide and determine how best to intervene.
- List most appropriate patients for suicide intervention.
- Identify the prevalence of, and which groups are at high-risk for suicide in Canada.
- Establish a trusting therapeutic client relationship to enable discussion around suicide.
- Identify some of the tools and resources available to support the identification of the risk of suicide among patients in your healthcare setting, and how to better offer that follow-up support.
- Discuss the responsibility of a nurse when addressing the concern of risk for suicide and how to have conversations about suicide with patients.