Learn About H1N1 with YWCA Northern RI

YWCA Northern Rhode Island will be talking the language of Swine Flu on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:15 PM when they host Rilwan Feyisitan, Chief of the Office of Minority Health at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Feyistan will present information about how the H1N1 virus spreads, what the signs and symptoms are, how severe the illness is, and more. The event is open to the public; to RSVP, or for more information, call 401-769-7450.

WOONSOCKET, RI – On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, YWCA Northern Rhode Island will be talking the language of Swine Flu. Launching “All About Health,” a community conversation series, YWCA NRI’s first topic to be addressed is “H1N1 Flu, Are You at Risk?” It is scheduled to take place from 12:15-1:15 pm, at their center and headquarters at 514 Blackstone Street in Woonsocket.

Deborah L. Perry, YWCA NRI’s executive director, says that she hopes that the hour long program “will assist people in staying informed and learning what they can do to stay healthy during the flu season, particularly in light of the H1N1 pandemic.”

She went on to explain that there are known “simple steps individuals can take to protect themselves,” pointing to recommendations from the Centers for Disease control:

– Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

– Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

– Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

– Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

– If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

-Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

Rilwan Feyisitan, Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, Chief, will present information about how the virus spreads, what the signs and symptoms are, how severe the illness is, and how the H1N1 virus compares to the seasonal flu.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free lunchtime event, and encouraged to bring a “brown bag lunch.” Individuals interested in attending, or who would like further information about the community conversation series, should contact Joyce Dolbec, YWCA
Health Consultant at 401-769-7450.

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