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Contact Hours Awarded: 2.5

Every year approximately 5-20% of the population will fall ill with seasonal influenza. 200,000 of those will become ill enough to require hospitalization. In recent years H1N1 was responsible for an unprecedented number of deaths among young, healthy adults. It is imperative that nurses are able to recognize red flags and symptoms of serious illness related to seasonal influenza. Additionally, it is important that nurses understand the importance of early treatment per CDC guidelines and the limitations of rapid influenza testing. In this course we will discuss these topics and more!

Course outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Current Practice, Barriers and Need for Continued Education
  3. What is Influenza?
  4. Prevention: Flu Vaccines
  5. Standard Precautions
  6. Recognition and Treatment of Flu: Symptoms
  7. Testing for Influenza
  8. Treating Influenza
  9. “Red Flags” – Potential Complications and What Not to Miss
  10. Case Study 1
  11. Case Study 2
  12. Summary
  13. References (Bibliography)

Accreditation statement: Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

More course information

In this course we will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and “red flag” signs for seasonal influenza infections. It will take the average learner 150 minutes to complete.

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

  1. Identify signs and symptoms associated with seasonal influenza and understand the limitations of rapid influenza testing.
  2. Describe current treatment recommendations by the CDC
  3. Explain the “red flag” symptoms and be able to identify serious influenza infections and/or complications.

Target audience: 

Registered Nurses (RN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for completion:

1.) Enrollment in the course by the learner

2.) Read and learn all course materials

3.) Complete the course evaluation

4.) Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Course offering: # 6

Accreditations and approvals:

ANCC (Provider# P0614)
California BRN (Provider# 17418)
Kentucky Board of Nursing (Provider# 7-0090)

Course expiration date: March 1, 2022

Conflict of interest statement: Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days
  • Influenza: Recognition, Treatment and Red Flags  0/1


Sarah Schulze, MSN, APRN

Sarah is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has diverse nursing experiences including intensive care nursing and nursing instruction. She received her MSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently practices as an APRN in a pediatric clinic.


In this course we will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and “red flag” signs for seasonal influenza infections.