News to Use Podcast Transcript: Jan. 26, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Jan. 26, 2011. Coming up, learn about a new phone number for alcohol and drug services, the seasonal flu and the importance of getting vaccinated, NewsWire and the Weekender, and Electric Sundays. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
There now is a single phone number for residents to access the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s Alcohol and Drug Services, Intellectual Disability Services and Mental Health Services. Residents can call 703-383-8500 Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new Entry and Referral Call Center is staffed by professionals from all CSB service areas with English- and Spanish-speaking staff; other languages can be accessed when needed. Call center staff will conduct a thorough phone screening to assess needs.
Start the new year off right – get a flu shot! Getting a flu shot is one of the healthiest resolutions you can make and one of the easiest to keep. Seasonal flu activity is increasing across the nation and in Virginia. Virginia’s flu season typically begins in December and runs through March, hitting its peak in February, so it’s not too late to get the flu shot. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. It’s available in two forms: a shot and a nasal spray. While the flu shot can be given to just about everyone, the nasal spray is approved only for use in healthy people ages 2 to 49 and not pregnant. To locate a pharmacy, physician or local health department clinic offering seasonal flu vaccine, log on to www.vdh.virginia.gov, visit www.flu.gov and use the Flu Vaccine Finder or visit the Fairfax County Health Department at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd. In addition to getting vaccinated, taking these everyday precautions can also help prevent spreading the flu:
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay at home when ill.
- Wash your hands frequently.
Typical flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and often extreme fatigue. For more information about influenza or the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor or nurse, visit www.flu.gov, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-CDC-INFO or go online to the Fairfax County Health Department flu Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu.
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Fairfax County residents may use Electric Sunday recycling events to recycle televisions, computers, monitors and peripheral electronic devices such as printers, scanners, speakers, keyboards, mice and external drives. Residents also may recycle unbroken fluorescent tubes and light bulbs at these events. Electric Sundays are held monthly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-324-5230.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.