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

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Presentation, Lab Guide, Evaluation Tool 9417 1 May 15, 2013


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; 2013. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9417

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by April 22, 2016

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 (MeSH), Teaching (MeSH), Vaccine Administration


  • Medical
    • Public Health


  • Dental
    • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Health Promotion
    • Intro to Clinical Medicine
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Skills & Doctoring

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Patient Care
    • Systems-based Practice

Academic Focus

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

Professional Interest

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

Intended Audience

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

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Simulation
  • Team-based Learning

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