PediatricRespiratory.org Announces a Two-Part, Live CME/CE Webcast Series on RSV and Pediatric Influenza

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Professional Postgraduate Services® (PPS®), renowned for its award-winning healthcare websites, announces a two-part, live CME/CE webcast series on RSV and pediatric influenza, Preventing and Managing RSV Disease and Influenza Disease in Your Pediatric Practice, now available on PediatricRespiratory.org.

With the change in the ACIP guidelines this year, these webcasts will serve to educate practitioners on the newest immunization schedules to take effect during the 2008-2009 influenza season

Professional Postgraduate Services® (PPS®), renowned for its award-winning healthcare websites, announces a two-part, live CME/CE webcast series on RSV and pediatric influenza, Preventing and Managing RSV Disease and Influenza Disease in Your Pediatric Practice, now available on PediatricRespiratory.org.

Preventing and Managing RSV Disease and Influenza Disease in Your Pediatric Practice explores current topics related to RSV and Influenza. The RSV webcast, UPDATED: Current Strategies in the Prevention and Management of RSV, will explore the clinical presentation of RSV infection in premature and high-risk infants, identify the risk factors for acquiring severe RSV, including prevention and prophylaxis, and will provide an update on new developments. "By age 2, more than 90% of children become infected with RSV, resulting in mild 'colds' in most, but causing 3% to 4% to be hospitalized. These webcasts will serve to remind practitioners that RSV is a major pathogen and that there are a wide spectrum of illnesses associated with RSV infection," said Robert C. Welliver, Sr, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The influenza webcast, NEW! ACIP Guidelines on Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations for Pediatric Patients, will describe the strategies for influenza prevention, identify the current vaccination recommendations as described by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), identify risk factors for influenza complications, and will review benefits and drawbacks of live and killed vaccines and the appropriate use of antiviral drugs. "With the change in the ACIP guidelines this year, these webcasts will serve to educate practitioners on the newest immunization schedules to take effect during the 2008-2009 influenza season," said Robert B. Belshe, MD, Dianna and J. Joseph Adorjan Endowed Chair of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

These valuable continuing medical education activities are CME and CE certified. Each webcast will run 5 times from September 16 to October 16, and registration can be done online.

PediatricRespiratory.org is an educational website on pediatric respiratory disorders designed for pediatricians, infectious disease specialists, allergists, immunologists, primary care physicians, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care and management of pediatric respiratory patients. PRCI programs address issues concerning respiratory syncytial virus, seasonal influenza, and other respiratory tract infections and disorders. Methods to prevent, control, and treat respiratory illnesses are also evaluated.

PediatricRespiratory.org is the authoritative resource for the latest clinical information, CME activities, and tools on pediatric respiratory disorders. A multitude of innovative educational resources are offered, among them

  • CME/CE-Certified Activities: On-demand activities that put the user in control. Choose from a range of educational offerings--from interactive case studies to on-demand CME/CE programs--

Case Study: Authored by PediatricRespiratory.org Education Council Member Jaime E. Fergie, MD, the case explores a 2½-month-old male infant who presents with troubled breathing, nasal congestion, and cough; On-Demand Programs: 1) Presented by PediatricRespiratory.org Education Council Members John P. DeVincenzo III, MD; Jaime E. Fergie, MD; and Caroline B. Hall, MD, this activity explores what every practitioner needs to know about current and future RSV prevention strategies; 2) Presented by PediatricRespiratory.org Education Council Members Robert B. Belshe, MD and Robert C. Welliver, Sr, MD, this activity explores topics for preventing and managing RSV disease and influenza disease.

  • Clinical Insights: A monthly review of the current literature that focuses on topics affecting pediatric respiratory disorders along with expert commentary.
  • Dynamic Slide Library: A comprehensive collection housing more than 100 downloadable slides on avian influenza, asthma, seasonal influenza, and RSV.
  • Current Literature: Abstracts of the latest, most clinically relevant literature related to respiratory disorders and other associated areas.

PediatricRespiratory.org was developed with funding through an educational grant from MedImmune, Inc.

Professional Postgraduate Services® (PPS):
Professional Postgraduate Services® (PPS) develops medical education activities designed to meet the needs of practicing physicians. PPS, working with medical leaders, designs and implements effective programs to meet specific educational objectives. Our overall goal is to conduct activities that will modify physician behavior in such a way as to have a positive impact on patient care and quality of life. Activity formats are based on careful evaluation of goals, audience needs, and budget, always taking advantage of proven training methodologies and interactivity. PPS develops medical education programs consistent with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education as well as guidelines established by the AMA, PhRMA, and FDA.

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