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Influenza Prevention

This online learning course has been designed to provide GPs and nurses with concise, practice-based information to support the administration of influenza vaccines to individuals >6 months of age.

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Course overview

By increasing vaccination rates, this program aims to reduce the burden of influenza in the community. The program is an interactive, 1.5-hour course and is ideally suited to GPs and nurses wishing to update their immunisation knowledge in preparation for the next influenza season.

The information contained in this course is aligned with recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th edition (2013).

About the author

This module was developed by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association with an educational grant provided by Sanofi Pasteur.

What you'll get

At the completion of each module you will be presented with a brief online assessment that will test your underpinning knowledge.

To fully complete the course and claim your full CPD hours, we recommend you also complete the corresponding survey at the end. It only takes a few minutes to complete.

Once you have completed all sections of the course, a certificate will be available next to the course name in the 'My Training' section of APNA Online Learning.

Learning outcomes

By the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • explain the risks and complications of influenza, and address any patient misconceptions or myths
  • explain 'The Australian Immunisation Handbook' recommendations for influenza vaccination
  • implement practice systems and strategies to increase influenza vaccine coverage rates in individuals (>6 months)
  • safely administer influenza vaccination, either by intramuscular or deep subcutaneous injection, or alternatively using the adult formula intradermal flu vaccine, which is currently the only available flu vaccine in Australia
  • improve clinical practice and safety to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries
  • counsel patients regarding expected side effects, the potential adverse effects of vaccination and use of medication to control symptoms where appropriate, such as paracetamol or ibruprofen.

Target Audience

Suitable for GPs and nurses working in primary health care including general practice.

Estimated Duration

1 hour

$38.50 (AUD) per subscription

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