Dr. Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH, is the deputy director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Jernigan explains that while influenza is common, it's also very serious. He tells us why it's important to get vaccinated during flu season. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age or older get vaccinated against influenza.
The rapid spread of a global infection, as witnessed in “Contagion,” is scary, but is it realistic? Director of the Emory Global Health Institute Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPD, has worked on virtually every major public health issue of the past few decades, including infectious diseases such as smallpox, HIV/AIDS, and SARS. Koplan, a former director of the CDC and current president of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, discusses the threat of pandemic diseases in this September 2011 Emory University video.