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Flu & the Flu Vaccine

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Who is most at risk to the effects of the flu?
Air Date: 10/29/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Albert Rizzo, MD
Albert RizzoAlbert A. Rizzo, M.D., is the American Lung Association's leading medical authority. Having served as the Chair of the Lung Association's National Board of Directors, Dr. Rizzo is the key medical advisor to the American Lung Association and a leading media spokesperson for the Association.

Dr. Rizzo is Chief of the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware and a member of Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia where he obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rizzo received his specialty training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

His out-patient practice covers general pulmonary and sleep medicine disorders and includes a strong interest in asthma, COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnea.
Flu & the Flu Vaccine
There is a chance you can get the flu anytime of the year, but peak season is between October and February. If you've ever experienced the flu before, you know how miserable the symptoms are.

However, how can you tell if you have the flu or the common cold?

Unfortunately, the flu can often mimic symptoms of the common cold. A cold is a more of a respiratory illness than the flu and has symptoms that usually last for a few days, whereas the flu can last up to a week.

How do you know if you should get vaccinated?

Albert Rizzo, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the flu and whether or not you should be getting your flu vaccine.
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