Dr. Cedric Spak, MPH: February 5, 2020


Flu season is here – learn from an infectious disease specialist how to prepare and what to do if you get it



Physician specializing in infectious disease


According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 45 million Americans can get the flu each year.1 The flu is a very common but potentially serious illness, as it’s highly contagious and can sometimes cause serious complications that result in hospitalization or even death.1,[ii] With flu season upon us, infectious disease specialist Dr. Cedric Spak will help educate people about the flu and what to do if you get it. In addition, he will explain new survey statistics that uncover what Americans understand about the flu and where knowledge gaps exist.


The Harris Poll survey of 2,000+ U.S. adults, conducted on behalf of Genentech, found people feel like they don’t have time to get sick. Yet there appears to be a lack of knowledge around being prepared for when the flu hits, such as contacting your healthcare provider in a timely manner or understanding treatment. Notably, the survey showed:

  • One-quarter (25%) of adults in the U.S. would not know what to do if they got the flu.3
  • More than 1 in 4 (28%) adults in the U.S. don’t think the flu is serious.[iii]
  • Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) adults say that when they are sick, they typically just try to power through.3
  • More than 1/3 (36%) of people say there is no treatment available for the flu or they are not sure.3


On February 5, Dr. Spak will be available for interviews to share these new survey statistics and educate viewers about what to do if you get it and why it’s vital to talk to your healthcare provider within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.


More About Dr. Spak:

Dr. Cedric Spak, MPH is a physician specializing in infectious disease with over 15 years of clinical experience. He is based in Dallas, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baylor Scott and White Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, along with Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Spak is a member of several medical organizations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Interview is courtesy of Genentech, a member of the Roche Group



[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease Burden of Influenza. Retrieved November 4, 2019, from: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html

[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key Facts About Influenza. Retrieved November 4, 2019, from: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm.

[iii] Genentech Data on File. Flu Consumer Survey Key Findings – XOF0723190036. August 2019.

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