Is your facility ready for next influenza season?

Brace yourself: Flu season is right around the corner. Are you prepared? If an influenza pandemic hits, the entire U.S. population could be at risk. The annual impact of influenza on the United States is staggering: 10% to 20% of the population will get the flu. Some 36,000 people will die, and 114,000 will be hospitalized. Most of those who die will be older than 65, but children 2 and younger will be as likely to be hospitalized as the elderly.

Thomson American Health Consultants is offering an audio conference with the information necessary to help you diagnose and treat patients with flu symptoms and prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Get Ready For Influenza Season: What You Need to Know About the Threat, Diagnosis, and Treatment, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, EST, will be presented by Benjamin Schwartz, MD, and Frederick Hayden, MD.

Schwartz, who is with the National Vaccine Program Office and is spearheading the development of the National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan, will discuss the potential impact of an influenza pandemic.

Hayden, a professor of internal medicine and pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, will discuss current methods of diagnosis and the latest information on treatment with antivirals.

This program will serve as an invaluable resource for your entire staff. Your fee of $249 includes presentation materials, additional reading, and continuing education credit.

For information, go to, or contact customer service at (800) 688-2421 or by e-mail at When registering, please reference code T04118-61332.