Influenza Training

Established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in April 2007, the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) sponsor a range of experimental research and surveillance initiatives aimed at enhancing understanding of the diversity, reassortment, and transmission of influenza viruses, including the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus.

CEIRS has developed an online training portal that provides e-learning modules on topics related to avian influenza and influenza in general.

Three training series, Avian Influenza, General Influenza, and pH1N1 2009 Influenza, are currently available through the CEIRS Online Training Portal. The individual modules within each are listed below, with links to detailed summaries. Each module contains several e-learning lessons and a knowledge check to reinforce your learning (Note: Currently, the modules on pH1N1 2009 influenza are not being actively maintained and reflect a historical perspective.)

Avian Influenza Training

Avian Influenza: The Basics

How avian viruses evolve, adapt, and spread among animal populations and from animals to humans.

Avian Influenza: Detection in Wild Birds

Collection techniques, PPE for samplers, and handling and shipping of samples.

Avian Influenza and Poultry Biosecurity

Industry biosecurity measures and their application to backyard or other outdoor systems.

Avian Influenza in Humans: Epidemiology

How avian influenza impacts humans, including case occurrence, transmission, clinical presentation, and treatment.

Avian Influenza in Humans: Detection, Prevention, and Control

Status of detection, prevention, and control of avian influenza in humans, including case definitions and contact management.

Surveillance for Avian Influenza in Birds

Goals and methods of surveillance in poultry and wild bird populations for HPAI and LPAI viruses.

General Influenza Training

Agricultural Worker Health and the Influenza Virus

Measures that can protect agricultural workers from disease, including personal hygine, personal protective equipment, vaccination, medical surveillance.

General Influenza: Companion Animals

Clinical signs, treatment, and control of influenza viruses in companion animals, infection control in veterinary clinics.

Biosecurity and Swine Influenza Virus

Measures to prevent the transmission of influenza between swine and other species, including humans. Actions to take during a human influenza pandemic and in the event of an outbreak of pH1N1 2009 influenza in swine are also discussed.

Interspecies Transmission of Influenza Viruses

Describes the process of and the occurrence of interspecies transmission of influenza viruses.

pH1N1 2009 Influenza Training

Origin of the pH1N1 2009 Influenza Virus

Influenza viruses, pandemic influenza strains, and the genetic origins of the pH1N1 2009 influenza virus strain.

pH1N1 2009 Influenza Virus Among Humans: Epidemiology

Key milestones in the pH1N1 2009 influenza pandemic, disease patterns, and groups at high risk for influenza complications.

pH1N1 2009 Influenza Virus Among Humans: Surveillance

Ways in which disease patterns are tracked, and approaches to influenza surveillance among humans.

Epidemiology and Surveillance of pH1N1 2009 Influenza Among Animals

Timeline of pandemic events, occurrence and clinical presentation, surveillance activities and challenges.