I caught a cold on my trip to NYC last week, and am still trying to shake it. Particularly the fact that my ears got messed up when landing at SFO and don't feel completely back to normal.
So, not quite the cold, but it did mean that a message I received from Dawn Griffin at the CDC resonated more personally than it might otherwise have done.
The CDC attended the recent Healthcare Blogging Summit at which I spoke, and they seem to be making efforts to connect to the MedBlogosphere. I applaud those efforts, truly!
Part of those efforts was that the CDC hosted a blogging webinar entitled: Seasonal Flu: What Bloggers Need to Know, which was co-sponsored by the CDC National Immunization Program and the CDC National Center for Health Marketing. This was done to promote flu immunization specifically...the CDC has a campaign devoted to this purpose. The CDC's description of the event:
This webinar was designed especially for bloggers who blog about flu or who blog to groups at high risk for getting the flu this season. CDC scientists provided bloggers with facts about seasonal flu and CDC health communicators shared tips for writing about the flu and communicating key flu messages to your readers.
I know they targeted both MedBloggers, and also parenting bloggers...since caregivers (of both children and the elderly) are a major target for their campaign. the presentation they provided looks to be really admirable in one respect: it doesn't patronize. The language is specific and sometimes technical. it's not like the "Stupid Layperson's Guide to Flu" which I appreciate. And it includes data that surprised me: like the fact that every year around 36,000 people still die from the flu!! Wow. (Most of those deaths are in senior citizen flu patients.)
It's interesting because they brought this up at the Summit, and several of us recommended that they include bloggers who are anti-immunization. They weren't convinced by our arguments. :) This is clearly a pro-vaccination webinar. I've never been vaccinated myself, and not being in one of their risk groups I'm not particularly worried about it. I tend to avoid putting stuff in my body unless there's a really good reason.
So, did any bloggers out there attend? What did you think?