Skip to main content Skip to main content
Go to homepage

Grand Rounds: Influenza Disease and Vaccines in Specialized Populations


By Natasha Halasa, MD , Craig Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Explain influenza disease and epidemiology. 2. Describe prior influenza vaccine studies in specialized populations. 3. Identify alternative vaccine strategies in influenza trials in transplant populations.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

New information in treatment of influenza in specialized populations.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


The speaker, Natasha Halasa, MD, has returned the disclosure form indicating the following relationships: Sanofi: Grant recipients/donated vaccines and performed HAL testing. Quidel: Performed viral testing and grant support. Genentech: Educational grant funding. All the above relationships have ended. All relationships have been mitigated.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


N Engl J Med 2000 Jan 27;342(4):225-31. doi: 10.1056/NEJM200001273420401.

The effect of influenza on hospitalizations, outpatient visits, and courses of antibiotics in children

K M Neuzil 1, B G Mellen, P F Wright, E F Mitchel Jr, M R Griffin

Practice Guideline MMWR Recomm Rep 2022 Aug 26;71(1):1-28. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.rr7101a1.

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - United States, 2022-23 Influenza Season

Lisa A Grohskopf, Lenee H Blanton, Jill M Ferdinands, Jessie R Chung, Karen R Broder, H Keipp Talbot, Rebecca L Morgan, Alicia M Fry

N Engl J Med 2023 Jan 11. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2210825. Online ahead of print.

Influenza Vaccine in Pediatric Recipients of Hematopoietic-Cell Transplants

Jennifer E Schuster 1, Lubna Hamdan 2, Daniel E Dulek 2, Carrie L Kitko 2, Einas Batarseh 2, Zaid Haddadin 2, Laura S Stewart 2, Anna Stahl 2, Molly Potter 2, Herdi Rahman 2, Spyros A Kalams 2, Susan Coffin 3, Monica I Ardura 4, Rachel L Wattier 5, Gabriela Maron 6, Claire E Bocchini 7, Elizabeth A Moulton 7, Michael Grimley 8, Grant Paulsen 8, Christopher J Harrison 1, Jason Freedman 3, Paul A Carpenter 9, Janet A Englund 9, Flor M Munoz 7, Lara Danziger-Isakov 8, Andrew J Spieker 10, Natasha Halasa 10; Pediatric HCT Flu Study Group

Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
There are 10 nurses in the picture.

And we have many more pediatric primary care providers in Northeast Ohio. You can meet some of them here.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The five differences are:
– Phone color
– Coat pocket
– Stethoscope earpiece color
– Stethoscope bell dot
– Clipboard paper color

Need help finding a doctor, choosing a location or getting a general question about Akron Children's answered? Call us or fill out the form and we'll help in any way we can.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The two matching doctors are 9 and 14.

With virtual visits, you can see our pediatric experts from the comfort of home or wherever you are.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The correct path:
The Correct Path
We offer many ways to get pediatric care all over Northeast Ohio. Use this page to find the right kind of care and the most convenient location for you.