Despite advances in understanding, prevention, and treatment, influenza is still associated with a constant public health concern. Moreover, in patients with chronic conditions, including those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal impairment, or with cardiometabolic risk factors (obesity, tobacco users), influenza can often lead to severe or even fatal disease. Vaccination against the influenza virus is one of the most effective ways to decrease the impact of influenza in individuals with the cardiometabolic disease but due to frequent viral shifts, existing vaccines may be rendered ineffective and new vaccine formulations are only available after the emergence and spread of an existing influenza pandemic, which significantly decreases their utility. Furthermore, the effectiveness of influenza vaccines is reduced in elderly individuals (who usually have a high cardiometabolic burden) and in those with diabetes or other chronic health conditions.
Given that patients with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or other cardiometabolic risk factors are at a high-risk for developing flu-related complications, it is important for clinicians that care for these patients to be aware of the impact of influenza. This webinar, led by 3 experts in the field, will address the latest evidence in influenza treatment and management of patients with chronic cardiometabolic health conditions.