"Flu Ends with U" Influenza Vaccine Toolkit for Teaching Health Professional Students

Publication ID Published Version
9417 May 15, 2013 1


Transmission of influenza by health care workers to their patients has been well documented and is very preventable. It is therefore important to educate all health professional students about the importance of influenza vaccination for themselves and their patients. Influenza vaccination for health care providers is now recommended by all major professional organizations and the standard of care in most healthcare facilities. We have devised this experiential educational intervention to increase knowledge about influenza vaccine for healthcare professionals, identify the protective effects of vaccination and incorporate influenza vaccination into an experiential learning module.


Afonso N, Kavanagh M, Swanberg S, Band J. "Flu Ends with U" Influenza Vaccine Toolkit for Teaching Health Professional Students. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2013. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/9417   http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9417

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Educational Objectives

At the end of the session the student will be able to:

  1. Describe influenza vaccines, vaccine safety, and adverse events.
  2. Observe and practice vaccine administration using task training models.
  3. Administer influenza vaccine to fellow students (optional).


  • Influenza Vaccines, Teaching, Vaccine Administration


  • Medical
    • Preventive Medicine
      • Public Health
  • Dental
    • Intro to Clinical Dentistry


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care
    • Promote health prevention
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • Systems-based Practice

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Health Education
  • Instructional Materials/Methods

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Simulation
  • Team-based Learning (TBL)

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Health Student
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student
    • Pharmacy Student


  • Evaluation Tool
  • Lab Guide
  • Presentation

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