County Health Department To Host Follow-Up Pandemic Preparedness Program For Schools

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SAYREVILLE—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will host a follow-up Pandemic Preparedness Program for Schools on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville.

The program will bring together, public, private, parochial and higher educational schools within the county to discuss H1N1 vaccination receipt and distribution that will commence when supplies are received.

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Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, 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. Through continued coordination we can move forward with our H1N1 response plans for the protection of public health and safety for our residents.”

Middlesex County Public Health Department staff from the Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness, Nursing and Health Education divisions will instruct on the status of H1N1; vaccine receipt, delivery and storage; responsibilities; school planning; and health education materials. Education will be based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

Middlesex County Public Health Department Director-Health Officer David A. 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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