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Influenza: Are you ready?

GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information about influenza; its signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, complications, and vaccination; and nursing's role in its prevention. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After completing this continuing-education activity, you should be able to: 1. Recognize the transmission, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic process for influenza. 2. Identify the treatment, complications, and vaccination for influenza.

  1. Which statement about influenza is accurate?
    1. There are four types of influenza.
    2. Types A and B cause the most serious illness.
    3. Type A is found only in humans and is more stable than type B.
  2. The influenza virus spreads by entering mucous membranes from contaminated
    1. droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.
    2. blood, semen, and vaginal fluids.
    3. mosquitos and ticks.
  3. Which of the following about influenza is accurate?
    1. The virus can infect others 1 day before the onset of symptoms.
    2. Its symptoms appear 1 to 2 weeks after exposure.
    3. It's the most contagious 6 to 7 days after the onset of symptoms.
  4. Influenza typically resolves in
    1. 3 to 4 days.
    2. 7 to 10 days.
    3. 3 to 4 weeks.
  5. Which isn't a common sign or symptom of influenza?
    1. muscle/body aches
    2. eye pain/sensitivity to light
    3. swollen lymph nodes
  6. The signs and symptoms of influenza differ in age groups such that
    1. fever is higher in adults than children.
    2. children may experience confusion.
    3. vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children.
  7. For patients at high risk for complications, diagnosis of influenza is
    1. made by testing within the first 2 to 3 days of the illness.
    2. made with blood cultures within the first week of symptoms.
    3. based on symptoms and sputum analysis 7 to 10 days after onset if symptoms worsen.
  8. The most appropriate specimen collection to test for influenza is the
    1. sputum analysis.
    2. nasopharyngeal swab.
    3. buccal swab.
  9. The RIDT can be read in
    1. 15 seconds.
    2. 15 minutes or less.
    3. 1 hour.
  10. One of the most common adverse reactions to oseltamivir is
    1. nausea.
    2. constipation.
    3. embolism.
  11. To treat influenza, the antivirals oseltamivir and zanamivir should be administered
    1. once daily for 10 days.
    2. twice daily for 5 days.
    3. twice daily for 14 days.
  12. Which of the following shouldn't be included in your patient's influenza treatment plan?
    1. antipyretics for fever
    2. antibiotics for secondary bacterial pneumonia
    3. high-dose steroids for inflammation from a viral infection
  13. Which is a possible complication associated with influenza?
    1. myocarditis
    2. liver failure
    3. stroke
  14. A higher risk of complications is associated with influenza when your patient
    1. is over age 45.
    2. has heart disease.
    3. takes anticoagulants.
  15. As a complication of influenza, pneumonia can be recognized by
    1. a dry cough that changes to a productive cough.
    2. fever, chills, and body aches.
    3. symptoms that worsen after 1 to 2 days.
  16. Regarding influenza vaccination,
    1. the nasal spray flu vaccine is recommended as a first choice.
    2. it should be avoided in patients with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
    3. the intradermal quadrivalent vaccine is approved for patients ages 8 to 64.
  17. People with an egg allergy should receive which vaccine?
    1. standard-dose trivalent
    2. high-dose trivalent
    3. recombinant trivalent
  18. Educate patients that
    1. it takes up to 2 weeks to develop immunity after vaccination.
    2. the influenza season peaks in October and November.
    3. children under age 6 months should be given an influenza vaccine.




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