Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Sept. 8, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Sept. 8, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps, H1N1 influenza and a series of town hall meetings on flu. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps, or MRC, and the Fairfax County Health Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness will host a community preparedness fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Reston Town Center Pavilion. Come to this family-friendly event to find out the role you and your family play in emergency preparedness — and how to get ready!
The fair will be organized as a mock medication dispensing site to give participants a feel for how the Fairfax MRC may respond and help the community during an emergency. Participants will receive a “passport to preparedness” to guide them as they travel through four stops on their way to emergency preparedness:
After receiving all four stamps on their “passport to preparedness,” participants will get a free emergency preparedness starter kit with key items for a household.
The Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps is a program of the Fairfax County Health Department. You do not have to be a doctor or nurse to volunteer — over 70 percent of MRC volunteers do not have a medical background. For more information or to volunteer, call 703-246-8641.
Health officials are concerned about the H1N1 flu spreading from person to person. The U.S. Health and Human Services offers the following guidance:
To help fight this flu, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If you’re sick, stay home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
The Fairfax County Health Department is hosting a series of town hall meetings this fall to let residents know what they can expect this flu season. Director of Health Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu will be on hand to answer questions about pandemic and seasonal influenza. To find out where and when a town hall will be held near you, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu or call 703-246-2411.
That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.