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George Washington University Experts Available to Comment on Early and Severe Flu Outbreak

January 09, 2013

Reports say that this year may be the earliest and strongest outbreak of the flu in nearly a decade. Widespread in almost all 50 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging people to get the flu shot earlier than usual. Medicine and public health experts are available to comment on flu related stories.

Below is a list of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences infectious disease experts available to comment on preventative measures, infection and treatment of the flu. Please contact Lisa Anderson at lisama2@gwu.edu or 202-994-3121 to interview Drs. Simon, Siegel or Parenti.

  • Gary Simon, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Walter G. Ross Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology & Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Marc Siegel, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • David Parenti, MD, professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Below is a list of George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services experts available to comment on flu trends and health policy regarding the spread of the flu. Please contact Kathy Fackelmann at kfackelmann@email.gwu.edu or 202-994-8354 to interview Dr. Simonsen or Professor Stewart.

  • Lone Simonsen, PhD, research professor in the department of global health for the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
    Professor Simonsen can talk about epidemiology of the flu, surveillance and other flu-related issues.
  • Alexandra M. Stewart, JD, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
    Professor Stewart can talk about the need for health care workers to get flu shots. She can also talk about state laws that mandate that health care personnel get these shots to prevent influenza from spreading.