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SECOND OPINION ADDRESSES NATIONAL CONCERN ABOUT H1N1 VIRUS WITH A ONE-HOUR SPECIAL

Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition Airs October 8 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV

Rochester, New York (September 29, 2009) – As concerns about the H1N1 virus escalate across the country, WXXI’s national healthcare series, Second Opinion, presents anhour-long special designed to educate viewers on the pandemic strain of flu. Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition airs Thursday, October 8 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11), and will be distributed to public television stations across the country.This special edition will feature a panel of national experts along with a studio audience that will have the chance to ask questions about H1N1 and seasonal flu. The panel will also answer viewer questions supplied by PBS stations around the country.

 “The flu season is a major concern in communities across the country,” said Norm Silverstein, President of WXXI Public Broadcasting. “It is our hope that this special edition of Second Opinion will give viewers a better understanding of the H1N1 virus, and connect them with resources to protect themselves and their families.”

Hosted by Dr. Peter Salgo of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition will offer clear, accurate and timely information on H1N1 symptoms, treatment, vaccines, public health policy and available resources. 

The panel includes: Anne Schuchat, MD, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, Asst. Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Mark Shelly, MD, Epidemiologist,
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Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center; John M. Barry, Author, "The Great Influenza"; and Richard Barbano, MD, Chief of Neurology, Rochester General Hospital.

Funding for Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition is made possible by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Second Opinion is produced by WXXI, The University of Rochester Medical Center and West 175 Productions, and underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The series is nationally distributed on more than 250 public television stations and features medical professionals discussing diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and conditions.

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