The CDC says that flu activity typically starts in October. Amanda Simanek can discuss symptoms, risk factors for transmission and reasons for getting a flu shot this fall. An associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Simanek can explain why the flu vaccine varies in effectiveness from year to year and why people need a new flu shot every year.

She can also talk about why there are new recommendations for children to receive two doses of this year’s vaccine, as well what conditions would increase the likelihood of an outbreak of pandemic flu.


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