Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Second Opinion host Dr. Peter Salgo

As concerns about the H1N1 virus escalate across the country, WXXI’s national healthcare series, Second Opinion, presents an hour-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 features a panel of national experts along with a studio audience that had the chance to ask questions about H1N1 and seasonal flu. The panel also answered viewer questions supplied by other PBS stations. A radio version of the special edition airs Friday, October 9 at 12 noon on AM 1370/HD91.5-2.
 “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: Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), CDC; Mark Shelly, MD, Epidemiologist, Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center; Richard Barbano, MD, Chief of Neurology, Rochester General Hospital; Lisa Harris, MD, Primary Care Physician, Temple Medical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Janet Corson-Rikert, MD, Executive Director, Gannett Health Services, Cornell University; Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission.
The program will be available on-demand after the broadcast for online viewing at <>.

Major funding for Second Opinion: H1N1 Special Edition is made possible by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which recently announced that all 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are making a collective effort to enable their policyholders to receive the H1N1 vaccine. Additional funding for this special edition is made possible by USA TODAY.
The Second Opinion series 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 by American Public Television to more than 250 public television stations, and features medical professionals discussing diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and conditions.