[CSSD] "Preparing for the Challenging Flu Season" Topic of Oct. 15 Randall Lewis Seminar Series

Rick Burnham rick.burnham at ucr.edu
Wed Oct 7 13:53:58 PDT 2009

CSSD Newsletter
      October 2009  
      Preparing for the Challenging Flu Season
      The 2009/2010 influenza season is expected to be a challenge across the nation, in California and in the Inland region. In addition to the usual seasonal influenza, the first full season of H1N1 pandemic influenza – better known as the Swine Flu – is rapidly approaching.

      Marie Weller is a Public Health Nurse V who has worked in the area of Pandemic Influenza planning and response for the past four years with the Riverside County Community Health Agency, Department of Public Health. She will discuss at the Oct. 15 Randall Lewis Seminar Series what can be done to help prevent contracting the influenzas, provide details on planned vaccines, and offer tips for businesses and organizations worried about a significant number of employees unable to work because of influenza. The seminar will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room B, UCR EXtension Building, 1200 University Ave. in Riverside (See map).

      Of most concern and gaining considerable attention is the H1N1 influenza. Concerns about H1N1 began in April 2009, when an outbreak in Mexico later spread to the U.S. In June, the World Health Organization raised the H1N1 flu to a “pandemic” level.

      While seasonal flu is of most concern for infants and those 65 and older, the H1N1 influenza is more likely in those aged six months to 24. Other high risk groups for H1N1 include pregnant women and those under 64 with chronic diseases such as asthma or heart problems.

      Ms. Weller will discuss the agency’s plans in working closely with local school officials and childcare centers to ensure that school-age children receive the H1N1 vaccine. The agency also is working closely with the medical community, community clinics, health insurers, physician groups, hospitals and medical volunteers on vaccination plans.
      About Randall Lewis 
      Randall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies. 

      He has been Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, Director of the Home Builder's Council, National Director of the National Association of Home Builders, and President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation.

      He was inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Sales and Marketing Council's MAME Awards Marketing Person of the Year. He is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation.

      He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. 

     Ms. Weller began working at the Riverside County Department of Public Health in 1999. She has spent nearly the past four years working on Pandemic Influenza planning and response. She also has worked in the California Children’s Services and Healthy Children Connection programs. 

      Ms. Weller received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach, and has been working as a registered nurse since 1990. She also holds Specialty Certificates in Public Health Nursing, General Pediatric Nursing and Certified Case Manager. 

      The seminars are free of charge. 

      If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: judy.swineford at ucr.edu or (951) 827-7945 to ensure adequate space and refreshments.  

      For further information regarding this or any CSSD-sponsored event, please contact:
      Rick Burnham, 
      Assistant Director, CSSD 
      University of California, Riverside
      B101 Highlander Hall
      Riverside, CA 92521
      Phone: 951.827.4103
      Email: rick.burnham at ucr.edu 

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