NOV 06, 2019 09:00 AM PST

The 2019 Flu Season: Protecting your health and the health of your family

Presented At Influenza 2019
Speakers
  • Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Public Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
    Biography
      Lynn R. Goldman, a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She is a renowned expert in pediatric environmental health and chemicals policy. As such she has contributed academic scholarship that has helped to shape this field of study. She also has engaged in translating research to policy through writing policy analyses and via Congressional testimony in service of successful efforts by Congress to achieve passage of reforms both to federal pesticide law (the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act) and federal chemicals law (the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century). She was previously Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (1999-2010); Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she directed the Office of Chemical Safety and Prevention (1993 - 1998); and Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (as well as other positions) at the California Department of Public Health. She completed a BS and MS from UC Berkeley, an MD from UC San Francisco; an MPH from Johns Hopkins University; and pediatric residency training at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and received the NAM Walsh McDermott Award for service to the academy. She a recipient of the Heinz Award for Global Environmental Change and the American Public Health Association Environment Section's Homer M. Calver Award. She has received alumna awards from Hopkins (Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government and Society of Scholars); UCSF (150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award); and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Alumna of the Year and its Influential Alumni Award). Currently, she serves on both the NAM Council and the National Academy of Sciences Governing Board; the Environmental Defense Fund Board of Trustees; the Advisory Committee to the Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the chair of the NIH Advisory Committee for the ECHO Study; chair-elect of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and member of the NIH National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Abstract:

    To prepare for the 2019 flu season it is important to get immunized. In 2019 a tetravalent (four-virus) vaccine is available in a number of forms including an egg-free formulation that is for people who have egg allergies. The talk delineates populations who are highest priority for flu vaccine as well as age-appropriate guidelines for the general population.  It also is important to understand the symptoms and signs of flu – and how flu is transmitted – in order to take appropriate action to prevent spread of flu virus should one become infected

    We must also be prepared for a possible flu pandemic, which occurs infrequently but can happen in any year when a new strain of flu emerges. Since flu pandemics are unpredictable it is important to have in place global capacity to monitor and investigate “novel” flu cases. The talk describes the stages of a flu pandemic and actions that are taken at each stage. Vaccines would not initially be available and in the case of a major pandemic transmission might be controlled via measures such as closing schools and workplaces and reducing travel.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Understand the basics of influenza virus infection in terms of virus types; signs and symptoms indicative of flu infection; and the differences between seasonal and pandemic flu.
    2. Understand the steps that can be taken to prevent seasonal influenza via immunization and other actions, and the availability of age-specific as well as egg-free flu vaccines in 2019.
    3. Understand how flu pandemics arise, pandemic stages and measures that are taken to control pandemics at various stages.


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