THE FLU OUTBREAK: What You Need to Know
Leadership Studio, Harvard Chan School
677 Huntington Ave.
Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
More than a half million deaths each year around the world result from flu-related respiratory illnesses. This year, flu has grabbed particular headlines, driven by an early start to flu season and the dominance of a particularly severe flu strain, H3N2. The flu is most dangerous to people with underlying health problems, as well as individuals over age 65 and young children. However, each year flu cases involving young, otherwise apparently healthy people raise flags. In this Forum, experts in epidemiology, immunology, and health policy will place this year’s flu season in context. They will explore vaccine development, prevention and treatment and address growing concerns globally as this particularly virulent outbreak gains the potential to spread further — ultimately asking is there a better way to stop the flu?
Gazette Classification: Special Events
Organization/Sponsor: The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Speaker(s): EXPERT PARTICIPANTS, Alfred DeMaria, Medical Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Yonatan Grad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Tim Uyeki, Chief Medical Officer, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, MODERATOR, Peter Thomson, Environment Editor, PRI’s The World
Cost: Free webcast!
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