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PHO Microbiology Rounds - What to Do with Flu

Influenza is a highly impactful disease, though seasonal influenza is often regarded as benign when compared to the threat of pandemic events.  Dr. Fisman will argue that this is not so and will present recent work on attribution of invasive bacterial disease to prior influenza. This presentation will also demonstrate the large health and economic impact of influenza in Canada, making influenza vaccination programs not only economically attractive, but likely cost-saving.  Dr. Fisman will also present current work in progress, that suggests financial market forecasting tools can be applied to the identification of influenza epidemic peaks in real time. 
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the concept of attributable risk and population attributable risk percent, and their application to invasive bacterial disease;
  • Describe health economic analysis, and identify the challenges in quantifying program benefit when diseases are communicable;
  • Discuss the challenges associated with real-time epidemic forecasting.

Presenter(s): Dr. David Fisman

David Fisman is a Physician Epidemiologist at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and at University Health Network.  His research focuses on the application of novel quantitative methods for analysis, quantification and modeling of infectious disease outbreaks.



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 10 Dec 2019