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In Spring of 2009, an outbreak of influenza type A H1N1 appeared in Mexico. Within days dozens had died in Mexico, leading to the closure of schools, churches, and other public settings. In addition, it was quickly carried throughout the world, spreading to the United States, Canada, European countries, and New Zealand, and threatened to become a full-scale global pandemic.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • History of Influenza Pandemics
  • Viral Microbiology
  • Vaccines
  • Clinical Signs and Symptoms
  • Treatments
  • Patient Education
  • Infection Control
  • Facility Measures
  • Public Health Measures
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this course is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the history and virology of pandemic influenza, an understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms of influenza, treatments for influenza, and patient education measures. The course also provides nurses with an understanding of the infection control and public health measures for a pandemic influenza outbreak.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the history of previous influenza pandemics.
  • Describe how influenza viruses invade and attack normal body cells.
  • Describe how vaccines work and why they have to change every year.
  • Describe the clinical signs and symptoms of influenza.
  • Describe treatments for influenza.
  • Describe patient education measures.
  • Describe infection control measures for an influenza pandemic.
  • Describe public health measures for an influenza pandemic.

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