In Spring of 2009, an influenza outbreak appeared in Mexico. Initially called 'swine flu' and later known as H1N1 influenza, within days of being recognized, hundreds became ill and dozens had died. It spread quickly throughout the world, appearing in the United States, Canada, European countries, and New Zealand, and threatened to become a full-scale global pandemic. A dozen years earlier, a global outbreak of avian influenza sickened at least 229 people and killed 131. And in 2003, an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, (SARS) caused 8,000 illnesses and killed 774 on three continents.
These diseases served as wake-up calls to the world health community for the possibility of a new pandemic influenza outbreak. This is the second of three courses on pandemic influenza. This part covers recognizing the clinical signs and symptoms of influenza, treatments for influenza, and patient education measures.To complete this course, you must do the following:
This activity describes the clinical signs and symptoms of influenza, treatments for influenza, and patient education measures. The material is organized around the following categories:
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the clinical signs and symptoms of influenza, treatments for influenza, and patient education measures.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
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