Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Oct. 6, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Oct. 6, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about fire prevention week, seasonal flu shots and rabies. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were over 3,300 civilian fire deaths last year, and 83 percent of those happened in the home.
To help prevent home fires before they start, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host Fire Prevention Week Open House on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all fire stations throughout the county. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is, “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. Residents are encouraged to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.
The Fairfax County Health Department urges all residents—6 months and older—to get a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible. The seasonal flu vaccine is available through health care providers, some pharmacies and other community programs. The seasonal flu shot is also available at the Health Department’s five district offices in Fairfax, Reston, Falls Church, Springfield and Mount Vernon. The cost is $30.
Quantities of seasonal flu vaccine for adults 18 years and older will be temporarily limited at Health Department offices during October. Check with the district office before going in. Find out more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu.
The H1N1 vaccine should be arriving in Fairfax County within the next two weeks. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu for up-to-date information on when and where the H1N1 vaccine will be available. In the meantime, remember to help to stop spreading germs by covering your coughs and sneezes, washing your hands often and staying home from work or school when sick.
Fairfax County is recognizing Rabies Awareness Week this October by reminding pet owners to ensure animal vaccinations are current and to learn how to protect themselves and their pets from rabies. So far this year, 50 rabid animals have been identified in Fairfax County.
Everyone should avoid contact with all wild animals. Keep in mind, bats occasionally end up inside homes and garages and pose a serious risk. Although most people know when they have been bitten by a bat, you should seek medical advice—even in the absence of an obvious bite wound—if you awaken to finds a bat in your bedroom, or in the room of an unattended child. Do not release, destroy or throw away the animal. Instead, call Fairfax County Animal Control at 703-691-2131.
Learn more about how to limit exposure to rabies at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/rabies.
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.