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Published on January 13, 2016

Achoo or the Flu?  Saint Mary’s Hospital Physician Offers Tips on How to Stay Healthy All Season Long

WATERBURY, Conn. (January 13, 2016) ─ Got that coughing-stuffy nose-sore throat feeling? Yes, it’s that time of year. But how can you tell the difference between a case of the sniffles and something more serious? Influenza, also called “the flu,” and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms, but are caused by different viruses and have a different level of severity.

Complications that result from the flu, like pneumonia, can be very serious and even life-threatening. Though anyone can get the flu, more serious complications usually affect young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic medical conditions, and anyone aged 65 and older.

To find out how you and your family can stave off the flu this year, and what to do if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, tune in to WATR 1320 AM this Friday, January 15, at 9:30 a.m., for “Achoo or the Flu,” a live radio interview with Dr. Kathleen Burlison, an internal medicine physician with Saint Mary’s Hospital and Franklin Medical Group.

Dr. Burlison will be talking about the difference between cold and flu symptoms and will discuss the flu vaccine, antivirals and daily preventive measures to keep you and your family from getting sick. The 30-minute program is part of Saint Mary’s ongoing “Medically Speaking” radio series hosted by Robin Sills, RN, Physician Liaison. Listen live at and be sure to call in your questions to Dr. Burlison at 203-757-1320 during the show.


About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Health System is a leading regional healthcare provider anchored by Saint Mary’s Hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury for more than 100 years. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The health system’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit for more information about choosing a primary care doctor or follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT or Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

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