Audio conference prepares you for influenza season

Brace yourself: Flu season is right around the corner. The annual impact of influenza (flu) on the United States is staggering: 10% to 20% of the population will get the flu. 36,000 people will die. And 114,000 will be hospitalized. Most of those who die will be over 65, but children 2 years old and younger will be as likely to be hospitalized as the elderly. Are you prepared? And what if an influenza pandemic hits where the entire United States population is at risk? Thomson American Health Consultants is offering an audio conference with the information necessary to help you diagnose and treat patients with flu symptoms and, as important, prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Get Ready For Influenza Season: What You Need to Know About the Threat, Diagnosis and Treatment Audio Conference | September 28, 2004, 2:30 – 3:30pm, EST | Presented by: Dr. Benjamin Schwartz and Dr. Frederick Hayden

Benjamin Schwartz, MD will discuss the potential impact of an influenza pandemic, who you should contact, and what you should do to handle this potential crisis. Schwartz is with the National Vaccine Program Office, and is spearheading the development of the National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan.

Frederick Hayden, MD will discuss current methods of rapid diagnosis and when to use them. He will also present the latest information on treatment with antivirals, including which ones to use, indications for use, precautions, and efficacy. Hayden is professor of internal medicine and pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville. This program will serve as an invaluable resource for your entire staff. Your fee of $249 includes presentation material, additional reading, and continuing education credit.

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