|Listen:||Note: There is multimedia content on this page which requires the Flash viewer. To see it, download and install the Flash plugin here: Macromedia Flash Player|
Every winter it's a fact of life -- the runny nose, headache, cough, body aches, fever and sore throat that signal the onset of the flu. Each year, millions of people get hit with the flu virus and more than 200,000 people per year are hospitalized with flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But prevention can be as simple as a single flu shot.
In this interview with Michelle Murray, Dr. Wilbur Chen, a clinical investigator and infectious disease physician at the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development, discusses the importance of the flu vaccine and provides vaccine recommendations for both adults and children. And Dr. Chen, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, dispels some common misconceptions about the flu vaccine and talks about the nasal-spray option to the traditional flu shot.
We would like your feedback about Medically Speaking. If you'd like to contact us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.