Epidemiology: Influenza and the Community Nurse

APA FORMAT- 7th Edition

  1. Title Page: I will format this


  1. Introduction
    1. Provide an introduction for your selected sexually transmitted infection or vaccine-preventable disease – background information (1/2 page): Influenza: can include signs and symptoms, droplet precaution disease. Here is a good website: https://owlcation.com/stem/The-Epidemiology-of-Influenza



  1. Role of the Nurse (1 – 1 ½ pages)
    1. Discusses the Community Health nurse’s role. Address each level of prevention
    2. Primary prevention: target population – everyone; all ages
      1. Goal – reduce number of cases of flu
      2. Rationale – reduce exposures; bolster immune system
  • Actions
    1. Education: cough and sneeze etiquette, hand washing, know risk groups
    2. Immunization: vaccination to develop antibodies
  1. Interventions at the individual level:
    1. vaccinate; good nutrition, sleep, and exercise to optimize health; good cough/sneeze etiquette; frequent hand washing; avoid others who are sick
  2. Interventions at the community/population level:
    1. Provide access to vaccines
    2. Use Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to educate public
    3. Prepare plans for schools, worksites, and hospitals/clinics for outbreak
  3. Secondary prevention: target population – everyone who has been exposed to the virus
    1. Goal – reduce number and severity of cases of flu
    2. Rationale – early treatment to reduce severity of disease
  • Actions
    1. Screening: identify those who are most likely exposed from those who are not
    2. Early treatment
    3. Immunization: vaccination to develop antibodies
  1. Interventions at the individual level:
    1. Post flu symptoms and suggestions for self-care
    2. Provide antiviral within 48 hours of symptom onset
  2. Interventions at the community/population level:
    1. Use quarantine or isolation measures; ban gatherings of large groups; travel restrictions
    2. Send sick children home from school; enforce sick leave at work
  3. Tertiary prevention: target population – everyone who has influenza
    1. Goal – reduce number and severity of flu-related complications and deaths
    2. Rationale treatment and rehabilitation can reduce deaths and help return individual to a normal lifestyle
  • Actions
    1. Provide supportive care and early treatment of complications
    2. Use rehabilitation to increase recovery of normal lifestyle
  1. Interventions at the individual level:
    1. Tailor treatment to symptoms; monitor and treat complications
  2. Interventions at the community/population level:
    1. Ensure access to treatment (health insurance, local clinics available)
    2. Protect employees who are out sick from losing jobs
    3. Research to find better treatments; monitor resistance patterns
  3. Link to Community (1/2 – 1 page)
    1. NCLEX Test Plan: https://www.ncsbn.org/2019_RN_TestPlan-English.pdf
    2. BSN Essentials The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
  4. Conclusion (1/2 page)


  • References- Five (minimum) recent within the last 5 years references required- APA 7th edition format
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