Fighting Flu Now and Preparing for the Future (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

22 Sep 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on March 7, 2018.

Training Overview
“There’s no typical flu season,” said Lynnette Brammer to the Washington Post in 2013. Years later, this is certainly still the case. Join this webinar to learn about the current findings about the current influenza epidemic and preparations for the season to come. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes FluView weekly which provides influenza data to state public health officials, epidemiologists, clinicians and the public. Lynnette Brammer and Kristen Norlund will share surveillance findings, risk communication messages, and ways public health professionals are preparing for the future.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer
Lynnette Brammer, MPH and Kristen Nordlund

Lynnette has a lead role in the U.S. influenza surveillance system, a collaborative effort of CDC, state, local, and territorial health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics, and emergency departments.  They compile data from health departments, labs, and health care systems into a weekly surveillance report which monitors flu season progression, types of flu viruses circulating, amount of illness and severity of illness, and geographic spread of flu in the U.S.
Kristen handles media around infectious disease and public health preparedness at CDC.  She was deployed to Sierra Leone twice in 2015 to help manage communications around CDC’s Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (or STRIVE).  She was also deployed to Ohio in late 2014 for the Ebola response and most recently to Utah in July 2016 for the Zika response.  She has a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe an overview of the surveillance findings and projections for the current influenza season
  • discuss vaccine effectiveness estimates, vaccine strain selection, and preparation for next year’s vaccine administration
  • apply risk communications principles to educate local communities to minimize risk of transmission
  • select priority messages and strategies at the population level for current implementation and for future planning


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Fighting Flu Now and Preparing for the Future
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