Fairfax County Pandemic Flu Response Plan


Fairfax County is taking a coordinated approach to planning for pandemic flu – a global outbreak of a novel strain of influenza with efficient human-to-human transmission. County pandemic flu planners have produced a pandemic influenza response plan that will supplement the county’s emergency operations plan, and remain flexible as information is added or changed.

The county’s effort began in fall 2005, and involves numerous county agencies, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, the towns of Herndon and Vienna, as well as private sector groups and partner organizations. County planning initiatives are being undertaken in accordance with the emergency plans of the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. In addition, county officials are involved with National Capital region efforts being led by the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments.

Deputy County Executives Rob Stalzer and Verdia Haywood co-chair the county’s Pandemic Flu Executive Team. The executive team provides guidance to the county’s Emergency Management Coordinating Council (the leadership team), which oversees two coordinating committee work groups: the Public Health Coordinating Committee and the Critical Infrastructure and Resource Management Coordinating Committee. The county’s planning efforts include representatives from approximately 30 county agencies.

The Public Health Coordinating Committee, co-chaired by Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH, and Raja’a Satouri, MD, of the Fairfax County Health Department, includes eight public health work groups. These work groups are organized based on topic areas such as community and disease prevention, laboratory and surveillance, first responders and mass casualty, and essential needs.

The Critical Infrastructure and Resource Management Coordinating Committee, chaired by the coordinator of Emergency Management, and Merni Fitzgerald, director of the Office of Public Affairs, will address critical infrastructure such as public works, transportation, schools, information technology, human resources and utilities as well as private sector critical infrastructure and pandemic flu planning.

If you need additional non-health related information, please call 703-FAIRFAX (324-7329), TTY 711. For health related questions and/or to request a pandemic flu speaker for your organization, please call the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2411, TTY 711.

 


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