Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Volume 18, Number 8—August 2012

CME ACTIVITY - Synopsis

Vaccination of Health Care Workers to Protect Patients at Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Disease

Earning CME Credit

To obtain credit, you should first read the journal article. After reading the article, you should be able to answer the following, related, multiple-choice questions. To complete the questions (with a minimum 70% passing score) and earn continuing medical education (CME) credit, please go to www.medscape.org/journal/eid. Credit cannot be obtained for tests completed on paper, although you may use the worksheet below to keep a record of your answers. You must be a registered user on Medscape.org. If you are not registered on Medscape.org, please click on the New Users: Free Registration link on the left hand side of the website to register. Only one answer is correct for each question. Once you successfully answer all post-test questions you will be able to view and/or print your certificate. For questions regarding the content of this activity, contact the accredited provider, CME@medscape.net. For technical assistance, contact CME@webmd.net. American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA) credits are accepted in the US as evidence of participation in CME activities. For further information on this award, please refer to http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2922.html. The AMA has determined that physicians not licensed in the US who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Through agreements that the AMA has made with agencies in some countries, AMA PRA credit may be acceptable as evidence of participation in CME activities. If you are not licensed in the US, please complete the questions online, print the certificate and present it to your national medical association for review.

Article Title: Vaccination of Health Care Workers to Protect Patients at Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Disease

CME Questions

1. Several employees in your health care system are complaining about a policy of universal influenza vaccination announced several years ago. They feel that mandatory vaccinations (with substantial precautions for workers who opt out of vaccinations) are unfair and may not be effective.

You need to craft an answer to their complaints. What should you consider regarding influenza infection among health care workers?

A. More than half of health care workers have clinical infection with influenza during a given season

B. Nearly all young adults infected with influenza will have clinical symptoms of infection

C. Influenza vaccination has not been effective in protecting against influenza B strains

D. Universal influenza vaccination of health care workers is likely to be cost-effective

2. Regarding the current systematic review by Dolan and colleagues, what should you consider regarding the methods of research into vaccination of health care workers and patient protection from illness?

A. Vaccination rates among staff in the intervention groups were nearly 100% across all studies

B. Most research was conducted in long-term care facilities

C. Vaccine coverage among patients was limited between 5% and 20%

D. All studies demonstrated good blinding of participants and study personnel

3. Based on the current systematic review, what can you tell your colleagues regarding the effects of influenza vaccination for health care workers on patient cases and consultations for ILI (ILI)?

A. There is no effect on health care worker vaccination on patients’ risk of ILI or consultation for ILI

B. Vaccination of health care workers reduces patients’ risk of ILI but not rates of consultation for ILI

C. Vaccination of health care workers reduces patients’ rates of consultation for ILI but not ILI itself

D. Vaccination of health care workers reduces patients’ risk of ILI as well as rates of consultation for ILI

4. Which of the following outcomes among patients appears to be most improved with influenza vaccination of health care workers?

A. All-cause mortality

B. Death due to respiratory causes

C. Death due to pneumonia

D. Hospitalization for respiratory causes

Activity Evaluation

1. The activity supported the learning objectives.

Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

1

2

3

4

5

2. The material was organized clearly for learning to occur.

Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

1

2

3

4

5

3. The content learned from this activity will impact my practice.

Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

1

2

3

4

5

4. The activity was presented objectively and free of commercial bias.

Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

1

2

3

4

5

Article Navigation

Comments to the EID Editors

Please contact the EID Editors via our Contact Form.

TOP