Two local “Know What to Do About the Flu” Forums to be held this evening

For Immediate Release:
Oct. 13, 2009

Media Contact:
Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

MIDDLEBURY and NEWPORT –  "Know What to Do About the Flu" forums will be held tonight in Middlebury and Newport to provide local leaders and residents with an opportunity to learn about preparations now underway for the new flu – 2009 H1N1 influenza – along with the regular seasonal flu this fall.

The forums are free and will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., including time for a question-and-answer session. No pre-registration is required. The Middlebury forum will be held at the American Legion (49 Wilson Road). The Newport forum will be at the Gateway Center Building on the waterfront.

State officials will discuss preparations for offering H1N1 vaccine first to those groups of people most at risk for serious illness, and the current availability of seasonal influenza vaccine. The forums are co-sponsored by the Health Department and Vermont Emergency Management.

The lead presenter in Middlebury will be Joanne Calvi, RN, district director for the Middlebury and Rutland offices of the Vermont Department of Health. Newport will be led by moderator Dixie Burns, of the United Ways of Chittenden County (Vermont 2-1-1), and Barb Thompson, RN, a public health nurse with the Vermont Department of Health.

Twelve more local flu forums are scheduled around the state ending in early November in Grand Isle.

Extensive information, tools and resources about seasonal and pandemic flu, healthy habits and preparedness are available at the Health Department’s website: healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1. You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/healthvermont.

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