Wednesday, October 26, 2016

COCA Call Tomorrow: 2016-2017 Flu Season - Recommendations for Children


Tomorrow  the CDC will hold a COCA call for clinicians on what's new for the 2016-2017 flu season, particularly for children.

Although primarily of interest to clinicians, the CDC holds frequent COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls which are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.

Recorded materials from earlier COCA calls may be accessed at this linkFor those unable to attend this live presentation, it ought to be archived on the website within a few days.

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Participate by Phone:
888-566-7688 (U.S. Callers)
1-517-308-9182 (International Callers)

Passcode: 1528968

Participate by Webinar:


Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Henry H. Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore
LIJ School of Medicine


Influenza (flu) is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Clinicians have a critical role in taking action to immunize children, children’s family members and caregivers, and themselves. Use of antiviral drugs early in children can lessen the impact of influenza infection, but immunization remains the most effective means of preventing the flu and complications from the flu.
For the 2016-2017 flu season, several new recommendations have been identified that particularly impact flu vaccination for children. During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight this critical information and discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:
  • Describe strategies to prepare for the 2016-2017 influenza season.
  • Identify key recommendations in the AAP influenza policy statement.
  • Discuss vaccine effectiveness.
  • Clarify recommendations related to live attenuated influenza vaccine.
  • Explain the importance of antiviral medications in the control of influenza.
  • Discuss flu vaccine and egg allergic children.

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