Regional Pandemic Flu Summit to be held in Lyndonville (May 31)

DATE: May 23, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The state’s sixth regional pandemic flu summit, hosted by Local Emergency Planning Committees, will be held in Lyndonville (LEPC #9/#10), Wednesday, May 31 at Lyndon Institute Auditorium, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lyndon Institute is located just east of Interstate 91 between exit 23 and 24. To sign up for the Lyndonville summit, call Jay Wood at 802-748-2576 or email: calexdirector@charter.net.

Local first responders, emergency management directors, LEPC members, health department, health care, hospital and municipal officials will review Vermont’s pandemic flu preparedness and discuss how their organizations and communities can prepare.

Cort Lohff, MD, state epidemiologist for the Vermont Department of Health, and Kerry Rood, DVM, state veterinarian for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets are on the agenda to discuss pandemic influenza and bird flu.

State health, emergency management and homeland security officials will also discuss emergency management coordination, public health response, public information and emergency risk communication and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak of a new and severe strain of influenza that can spread easily from person to person. The current outbreak of bird flu (influenza strain H5N1) is not a pandemic but has caused illness and death in birds and some humans overseas. There is no evidence that it can easily spread from person to person. World, national, state and local governments are working to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic.

A total of nine summits planned statewide are sponsored by the Office of Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Homeland Security.

REGIONAL SUMMITS:
May 31 Lyndonville (Lyndon Institute Auditorium)
June 6 Pittsford
June 13 Montpelier (Montpelier High School)
June 14 Morrisville (Hillary’s Restaurant)

For more information about pandemic influenza and for preparedness planning checklists, visit the Health Department's website at HealthVermont.gov.

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