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Nov. 25, 2016

Nov. 25, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – In Canada, an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu occur each year.

The following Laurier experts are available to comment on flu season:

Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, assistant professor in Laurier’s Health Sciences and Biology program, is an innate immunologist and virologist, who studies how bodies detect virus infections. DeWitte-Orr is available for comment on flu vaccines (types, availability and risks) and about the virus itself (replication and susceptibilities within a population). Contact information: sdewitteorr@wlu.ca.

Penelope Ironstone, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Communication Studies, is an expert on health and risk communication. She led a research project called, "From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus." Ironstone is available for comment on the cultural studies of health and medicine and risk cultures. Contact information: pironstone@wlu.ca. Ironstone is available for interviews over the phone or by email.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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