Preparing small businesses for pandemic flu

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
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April 26, 2007

Fairfax County Takes Pandemic Flu Preparedness Message to Small Businesses

Series of Seminars Planned for May and June in Supervisory Districts

Fairfax County will present the seminar “Keeping Your Business Healthy: Strategies for Small Businesses During an Influenza Pandemic” to small businesses throughout Fairfax County in May and June in a series of presentations at Board of Supervisors district offices.

The seminar will focus on the latest pandemic flu information and the significance of building a plan to continue business operations when a flu pandemic happens. Experts from the Fairfax County Health Department will offer presentations and resources to help business owners develop a pandemic flu preparedness plan.

“The economic health of Fairfax County is dependent on the personal health and well-being of the owners and employees of the businesses located here,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “It is important that business owners understand the significant impact that a flu pandemic could have on local commerce.”

All seminars are 6 to 8 p.m., on the following dates at the locations below:

  • May 9, North County Governmental Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston
  • May 15, McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean
  • May 21, Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria
  • May 23, Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield
  • June 5, Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
  • June 6, Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly
  • June 12, Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • June 19, Kings Park Library meeting room (adjacent to Braddock District Office), 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke
  • June 20, Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church

“Small businesses should plan for 30 to 40 percent of employees, suppliers, contractors and vendors being unable to work due to illness, or caring for a loved one at home,” said Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., Fairfax County health director. “Business owners must take responsibility to prepare themselves and their business operations for pandemic flu.”

The small business seminars are part of several pandemic flu outreach initiatives by Fairfax County. The county began planning for pandemic flu in 2005, and has posted its Pandemic Flu Response Plan online at The county will continue its outreach activities and hosting educational events to help residents, businesses, health care providers and community organizations prepare for pandemic flu and other public health emergencies.

Seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to pre-register by calling Mercedes Riddick, outreach coordinator, on 703-246-6016, TTY 711, or send her an e-mail at

For more information about the seminars or pandemic flu preparedness in Fairfax County, call the Health Department at 703-246-2411, TTY 703-591-6435, or visit the county’s pandemic flu Web page at


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