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In memorable history, the 1918 influenza pandemic was noted to one of the most severe pandemics until now. It spread worldwide with a pace similar to that of COVID-19, and was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.

Today its remnants are now known as "the common flu." Annually, people worldwide are vaccinated but few realize that it took nearly 30 years to create at that time.  

Now, with speed and efficiency, two highly effective vaccines have been approved in the United States against the virus that causes COVID-19. Most notably, this was all done without sacrificing scientific standards or rigor. Given it took only 9 months to create and complete phase III trials, there has been a wealth of information circulating the Internet regarding the safety of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect people from getting COVID-19 and also prevent hospitalizations. Though patients and providers continue to have several questions regarding the vaccine, this lecture will add to that knowledge base and address the most likely common questions people are going to get.

Why you should Attend

For healthcare provider and families alike, this past year has been very challenging. Not only are we working to defeat a novel virus, we are learning new treatments every day.

As time has continued, we have become more skillful at treating patients suffering from COVID-19. Now, with incredible speed and efficiency, we also now have access to two highly effective vaccines to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19. Since new research and new findings are being released related to the vaccines, there are plenty of questions that exist. Questions from patients, families, and providers.

Join us to tackle what you should know today. We will compile all the growing body of evidence and guidelines so that you also have a greater confidence and authority regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. Let's continue to learn from one another.

Lets do and be our best. And, lets give our best to the patients we see. Hope is not only on the horizon, it's the sunset we have all been waiting for.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • How COVID-19 has Changed Everything
  • Most Common Questions Provider Will Get
  • Why Vaccination is Necessary

Who Will Benefit

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practioners
  • Nurses
  • CNAs
  • Laypeople

Speaker Profile

Steven Atkinson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He practices medicine in the Greater Minneapolis Area. He has served as faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and been involved in medicine for over 30 years. He is founder and co-owner of Twin Cities Physicians that services older adults in nearly all levels of their care.

He is a dynamic speaker and has presented nationally for over 15 years primarily in Geriatric-related syndromes. He has authored several books included those in Geriatric Pharmacology, Dementia, and the Business of Geriatrics. He is on the board of the Minnesota Medical Directors Association whose purpose is to elevate the level of care in medicine for those patients they serve.