Cold And Flu Season During COVID: Talk With An Expert On #NJMOM LIVE On Facebook This Tuesday At 8PM

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Winter is coming, and so are those seasonal colds and flu. But this year with COVID, we’ve got more than the usual concerns, and that’s why we’ll be sitting down this week on Facebook Live with Dr. Matt McDonald, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital and Chair of Pediatric Quality for the RWJBarnabas Health system. Dr. McDonald will shed some light on what parents should be thinking about as we embark on and prepare for this cold and flu season– the first full winter since the coronavirus pandemic began. He will share tips about immunity, insight into what the medical community sees right now around the state, and lend his expertise to answer your questions.

So head over to our Facebook page on Tuesday at 8 PM and click on the videos tab on the left-hand side to watch. Send a quick hello in the comments, tell us how you’re doing, or ask us a question— we’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, answer our quick one-question poll, and you could be featured on NJMOM and News12 this week.

Dr. Matthew McDonald, VP and Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility

About Dr. Matt McDonald

Dr. Matthew B. McDonald is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital and serves as the Chair of Pediatric Quality for the RWJBarnabas Health system.

Dr. McDonald joined the Children’s Specialized team in 2014 as Section Chief of Special Needs Pediatrics. While in this role, he helped develop the first National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified medical home in New Jersey for children with special health care needs and medical complexities. In addition, he led the expansion of CSH’s second Special Needs Primary Care location in Hamilton, NJ, which is dedicated to providing primary care to children with special health care needs and their siblings. In 2016, Dr. McDonald became the President of the Medical Staff at CSH, and in October 2017, he was appointed Associate Vice President and Medical Director of Outpatient Services before taking on the role of Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in June 2018. All the while, Dr. McDonald continues to enjoy his passion for caring for patients in the CSH primary care practice in Hamilton, NJ.

How to watch

So, go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea, get comfy and meet us over on our Facebook page at 8PM this Tuesday, November 24th, by clicking the videos tab on the left-hand side of our page. And be sure to answer our quick poll (it’s just one question— you might be featured on NJMOM and News12 this week). To learn more about Dr. Matt McDonald and Children’s Specialized Hospital, check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram.


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Marisa is a mom to two sweet boys and a little lady (all under 4!) as well as one precious girl in heaven and her heart. A true Jersey girl, Marisa loves raising her family here and embracing all that being a #NJMOM has to offer. Whether it's summer days on Spring Lake beach or down on LBI, or heading out to sample some of the state's best eats (Montclair and Jersey City are favs), family days out and about together are her favorite way to spend a weekend. A former news anchor turned on-air lifestyle host and expert, you might also catch her on TV or in the kitchen cooking up something delish for the littles.

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