Pandemic preparedness forum - mark your calendar! - September 20, 2006

Record Number: 2612
Displayed from: Sep 21, 2006 , until: Sep 26, 2006

Wayne High School will be the site for a community forum on the pandemic flu on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The 6:30-8:30 p.m. Allen County Prepares: Essentials of Pandemic Flu forum will take place in the auditorium just inside the school's front entrance, 9100 Winchester Road. There is no admission charge and free flu kits will be provided by Parkview Health. A pandemic is a global disease outbreak that can occur when a new highly-contagious influenza virus easily spreads from person-to-person around the globe, causing many to become sick. There is no way to predict when it will occur or how severe it might be, but health officials are preparing for the possibility and are asking individuals and families to do the same. The forum will include a presentation by Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan and other Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health officials, followed by questions from the audience. Displays covering a variety of health topics related to a pandemic will be staffed by experts from emergency medicine, veterinary medicine, disaster relief and behavioral health. Copies of the health department's free pandemic flu preparedness guide will be available.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.