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Flu-fighting facts and music on Take 10 with Dr. Ian Tullberg

January 25, 2018 Updated: January 26, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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photo - UCHealth Urgent Care in Colorado Springs Medical Director, Dr. Ian Tullberg is a physician and a champion pole vaulter.
UCHealth Urgent Care in Colorado Springs Medical Director, Dr. Ian Tullberg is a physician and a champion pole vaulter. 

Flu-fighting and music will make for a healthy mix when Take 10 hits the road on Friday, Jan. 26, during the noon hour on the Gazette News Facebook platform.

UCHealth Urgent Care Medical Director Dr. Ian Tullberg is a physician with a love for music. He also is spreading the flu news to keep you healthy during what's been a rough start to the flu season.

Tullberg started playing guitar in 1998. One of his influences as a musician is Rocky Mountain mainstay John Denver.

Ian told me about a special link to the late singer: "When I play and look at pictures or video of John Denver, I think about my Dad."

Tullberg said his father looks like John Denver, making for his special affinity for the late singer and his music. In addition to that physical resemblance, Tullberg said the mood and lyrics of John Denver's musical repertoire really pull at him.

Tullberg's music played another major role in his life. He said his brother Erik and niece Madelyn helped him win over the love of his life and now wife, Becky. The trio cooked up a scheme to help him propose to Becky at the Broadmoor.

"Becky and I had plans to go to the Penrose Room for a nice dinner. Inside the lobby, next to a fireplace, my guitar was on a stand with a note that said, 'Play me.' I picked up the guitar and started playing. My brother Erik walked out next with his guitar and started playing a duet with me. My niece Madelyn then walked out and started singing with us. Eventually, I got down on one knee and proposed, and happily, Becky said yes."

In addition to a love for music, medicine and family, Tullberg said he is ranked in the top five in the world in pole vaulting in the master's division for his age group with a personal high mark of more than 13 feet. He was training to qualify for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but an ankle injury forced him to end what could have been an Olympic and professional career.

Friday's Take 10 will be chock-full of music and flu-fighting advice. As Colorado and the rest of America has experienced, this year's strain has been a rough one, as strains go. Dr. Tullberg says "there is still a benefit to get this year's flu shot. It can still help you not get the flu in certain cases and it will help you reduce the severity and duration of influenza."

According to Dr. Tullberg, so far this year, 85 percent of flu-related deaths involved victims who didn't get this year's flu shot.

A healthy 1-2 punch of flu information to help you know the difference between a common cold and the flu will be this Friday, Jan. 26, in a live Take 10 on the road on the Gazette News Facebook Platform during the noon hour.

In addition to the flu 411, don't miss UCHealth Urgent Care Medical Director Dr. Ian Tullberg and his mix of medicine and music.

Every Friday, the Gazette spotlights a southern Colorado performer who can wow a crowd during our live Take 10 performance. If you think you've got what it takes, email me at eric.singer@gazette.com. I'd love to hear what you can do on a future Facebook performance.

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