The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.
UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.
The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.
Next Your Health Segment
“Influenza – What’s New In 2017, And Vaccination Recommendations”
Monday, November 20
7:30 p.m. on MPT's Direct Connection "Your Health"
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
In what is known as “herd immunity”, the more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that flu results in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States. Of those sick with the flu, between 140,000 and 710,000 are ill enough to require hospitalization, and tens of thousands of preventable deaths occur each year.
Submit your questions via Twitter @MPTNews using #yourhealth, or call in during the show. Then watch Direct Connection at 7:30 p.m. to see if we use your question on the show.
Next Your Health Expert
Dr. Kathleen Neuzil
- Director, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine
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