By Carolyn Maschke
With cold and flu season around the corner, the Dougherty County Health Department’s popular free monthly Lunch and Learn program will help participants learn to avoid catching and spreading germs responsible for contagious diseases.
“Influenza is unpredictable and can lead to severe illness,’” said Public Health Nurse Specialist Alice Rodman, R.N. “Flu-related deaths fluctuate each year, depending on whether the strain of flu circulating is mild or severe. During an average year, influenza claims around 36,000 lives in the United States.”
Julie Miller, Southwest Health District Emergency Preparedness Director, will discuss “Keeping Colds and Flu at Bay.” Following her presentation, a free heart-healthy lunch will be provided to participants. The Lunch and Learn will be in the Education Center at the Dougherty County Health Department, 1710 South Slappey Blvd. from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 10.
Vaccination can prevent influenza, Rodman said. Precautions such as covering hands and mouth when coughing and sneezing, washing hands with soap or using hand sanitizer and staying home when sick and keeping sick children home can prevent flu and colds from spreading, she said.
Although the event is open to the public, to ensure adequate seating and food are provided, please call 430-6230 to register in advance.