NOV 08, 2018 9:00 AM PST

Influenza 2018-2019: Are you ready?

Sponsored by: DiaSorin Molecular LLC
Speaker
  • Medical Director - Pediatrics, PRA Health Sciences
    Biography
      Jay M. Lieberman, M.D. is a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Medicine. He is a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, having completed his residency training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

      Dr. Lieberman joined PRA Health Sciences as a Medical Director in 2017 after 4 years as a Regional Medical Director for Merck Vaccines. Before joining Merck, he was Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Quest Diagnostics and Laboratory Director for Focus Diagnostics, an infectious diseases reference laboratory owned by Quest.

      Before joining Quest in 2007, Dr. Lieberman was professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and chief of infectious diseases at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach. While there, he was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the UCI School of Medicine seven times and the Faculty Teaching Award from Miller Children's Hospital four times.

      His clinical research activities included the evaluation of vaccines, other biologics, and antimicrobials in children. He has published articles on a wide variety of infectious disease topics and was frequently an invited lecturer at national and international meetings.

    Abstract

    DATE: November 8, 2018
    TIME:  9:00AM PST

    Annual epidemics of influenza place a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States. CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.

    The cornerstone of influenza prevention is routine annual influenza vaccination, which is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Multiple different vaccine types are available, including inactivated, live attenuated, and recombinant vaccines, as well as high dose and adjuvanted inactivated versions.

    The majority of currently circulating influenza viruses are susceptible to the neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications—oseltamivir, zanamivir and peramivir. Antiviral treatment with a neuraminidase inhibitor is recommended as early as possible for patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who have severe, complicated, or progressive illness; who require hospitalization; or who are at increased risk for influenza-related complications.

    Appropriate treatment of patients with influenza depends on accurate and timely diagnosis, and early diagnosis can reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics and provide the option of using antiviral therapy. Diagnostic tests available for influenza include viral culture, serology, rapid antigen testing, reverse transcription PCR, immunofluorescence assays, and rapid molecular assays. Molecular assays are increasingly becoming the diagnostic tests of choice.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the epidemiology and clinical impact of seasonal influenza
    • Understand strategies for prevention of influenza including current vaccine recommendations
    • Recognize the value of diagnostic testing including advantages and disadvantages of different assay types

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