Households to Receive Influenza Preparedness Guide


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
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publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov

July 6, 2007

Note to Media: Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., Fairfax County health director, will be available for interviews Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 703-246-8642, TTY 711 to schedule.

Fairfax County to Begin Mailing Influenza Preparedness Guides to All Households July 16

Residents of Fairfax County soon will receive in their mailboxes a reference guide “Caring for Yourself and Others: Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza” to help individuals and families prepare for influenza.

The 17-page guide features six color-coded sections:

  • Influenza – the Flu
  • Protecting Yourself and Others Against Influenza
  • Managing Influenza (information on self-care at home and guidance on when to seek medical care)
  • Planning for Pandemic Flu
  • Hand Washing Guide
  • Emergency Information

“People should expect – and plan for – an extended stay at home if they or someone in their family gets sick with flu,” said Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., Fairfax County health director. “This guide helps individuals prepare, protect themselves and others from catching the flu, and it provides information on how to administer care at home.”

On July 16, Fairfax County will begin mailing its new publication to approximately 420,000 households. The guide was produced and is being mailed using federal pandemic flu preparedness grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guide is one component of a major pandemic flu preparedness effort being undertaken by

Fairfax County. The county’s other recent outreach initiatives include trainings, conferences and summits for physicians, businesses, child-care providers, faith-based organizations and other segments of the community.

“Planning for pandemic flu is not just a government issue,” said Addo-Ayensu. “It is important that residents understand their individual responsibility to prepare themselves and their families for pandemic flu.”

Fairfax County began planning for pandemic flu in 2005, and has posted its Pandemic Flu Response Plan online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/pandemicflu. 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.

For more information about pandemic flu preparedness in Fairfax County, call the Health Department at 703-246-2411, TTY 703-591-6435, or visit its Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd. Additional pandemic flu resources are available on Fairfax County’s pandemic flu Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/pandemicflu.  

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