Middlesex Health Department To Host Pandemic Preparedness Program for Schools

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SAYREVILLE—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will host a Pandemic Preparedness Program for Schools on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville.

The program will bring together, public, private, parochial and higher educational schools within the county to discuss school concerns and public health actions regarding novel H1N1 influenza response this fall.

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The goal of the program is to provide information and guidance for school settings and to enhance local and county preparedness efforts.

Ronald G. Rios, freeholder chairperson of the Public Health and Education Committee said, “The instruction and dialogue that will take place during this program will strengthen existing local, county and regional relationships between public health, emergency management, government and school administration. By planning together we can improve the county’s emergency response capabilities for the protection of public health and safety for our residents.”

The program will consist of opening remarks from Rios and an introduction by Middlesex County Public Health Department Director-Health Officer David A. Papi. After the introduction, Middlesex County Public Health Department staff from the Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness, Nursing, Inspection and Health Education divisions will instruct on the status of H1N1; vaccine receipt, delivery, and storage; responsibilities; environmental cleaning; and school planning. Education will be based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

Papi said, “Public Health must continue to plan and prepare to respond to novel H1N1 influenza. We must work with school administrations to identify influenza cases and implement proper control measures to stop or slow down the spread of the disease.”


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