Who Should Worry About RSV, Flu and Coronavirus

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Should you worry about these viruses?
Air Date: 2/11/20
Duration: 17:50
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Wendy Sue Swanson, MD
Wendy Sue Swanson Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a board certified pediatrician, mother to two young boys and the author of the Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle Mama Doc Blog, the first pediatrician-authored blog for a major children's hospital.

Dr. Swanson is interested in the intersection of media and medicine and its impact on the physician-patient relationship. Her online presence through her blog and Twitter has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of parents who would have been beyond her reach without social media.

Dr. Swanson works diligently to offer parents relevant, practical, and timely health information in accessible formats and she believes that a growing community of online physicians can empower parents and patients to make informed decisions based on science.

Tackling issues from vaccines to potty training to work life balance, Dr. Swanson provides a voice of reason, not only as a pediatrician but also as a parent, helping parents gain clarity and eliminate fear when making decisions for their children. Her book, Mama Doc Medicine, published by The American Academy of Pediatrics, hit bookshelves in early 2014.

Dr. Swanson is the founder and executive director of Digital Health at Seattle Children's. She is also an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media.

She is also on the Board of Advisors for Parents magazine and is on the board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. She is a weekly medical contributor with NBC affiliate KING 5 News in Seattle and is a practicing pediatrician with The Everett Clinic.

Dr. Swanson is an advocate on the topic of vaccines and was named a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion in 2012. She was named to TIME Magazine's Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
Who Should Worry About RSV, Flu and Coronavirus
RSV, influenza and coronaviruses are not uncommon, especially in children.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a form of the common cold. It occurs frequently in children. It's most dangerous in babies.

Flu affects many people, which is why it's important to get the flu vaccine.

The current strain of coronavirus is not as prevalent as the flu. The CDC is tracking and reporting on the coronavirus. As boring as it sounds, the easiest defense is to wash your hands. Wash off respiratory droplets that may have been expelled.

Listen as Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss who is at risk for RSV, flu and coronavirus.
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