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Influenza: clinical review

Influenza: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


June 17, 2016


November 9, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Steve Holmes and respiratory nurse consultant Jane Scullion review the clinical features of influenza, and the risk groups for serious illness. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include which patients should be offered flu immunisation, treatment, and prophylaxis, and how to recognise the complications of influenza. This article was updated in 2018.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Understand the three types of influenza virus
  • Appreciate the impact of H and N surface antigens on the virus and the vaccine
  • Offer influenza immunisation to at-risk groups
  • Initiate antiviral medication for treatment and prophylaxis
  • Identify complications of influenza
  • Recognise when to admit patients to hospital
  • Authors

    Activity and test authors
    Dr Steve Holmes
    GP partner
    Shepton Mallet
    United Kingdom
    and education lead with The Primary Care Respiratory Society UK

    Jane Scullion
    Nurse consultant
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required