Business Summit on Pandemic Flu a Success


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

May 26, 2006

Business Summit a Success; Hundreds Gather
to Participate in Pandemic Flu Planning Discussions

Over 200 business leaders and owners attended today’s Pandemic Flu Business Summit sponsored by the Fairfax County Government. Attendees heard speakers and panelists discussing a variety of issues relevant to business planning in case of a pandemic flu.

“Today’s pandemic flu business summit was an important step in the emergency planning process for Fairfax County businesses,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “To have this many of our corporate leaders participate in today’s dialogue on pandemic flu planning will pay dividends as the county’s businesses continue their planning efforts. I’m pleased that the county could play such a vital role in bringing the business community together to lay the groundwork for such planning.”

The Fairfax County Pandemic Flu Business Summit follows the county’s Pandemic Flu Town Meeting held in April. Both events were firsts for the county, and they build upon Fairfax County’s planning process.

The business summit was aired live on Fairfax County’s cable television Channel 16, and will be replayed on Saturday, June 3, from 8 to 11 p.m.; Wednesday, June 7, from 8 to 11 p.m.; and on Sunday, June 11, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The county’s pandemic flu planning 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. In addition, county officials are involved with the National Capital Region’s efforts being led by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Information about pandemic flu and additional resources are available on the Fairfax County Pandemic Flu Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/pandemicflu, the Fairfax County Health Department Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd, the Virginia Department of Health Web site at www.vdh.state.va.us, the CDC Pandemic Flu Web page at www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic and the official U.S. government Web site for information on pandemic flu at www.pandemicflu.gov.

 

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