Health and Family Services Cabinet
Governor Beshear Announces Pandemic Influenza Summit
Frankfort Event on Sept. 3 Will Bring Together Key Stakeholders on H1N1 Response
(Aug. 5, 2009) FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky will hold a statewide Pandemic Influenza Summit on Sept. 3 at the Frankfort Convention Center. The summit will help private and public stakeholders prepare for any developments related to the novel H1N1 influenza strain (swine flu) during this year’s flu season, including a potential vaccination campaign.
“Given the H1N1 pandemic recognized earlier this year that is still active around the world, I felt it was important to bring together official responders, community and school representatives and others to learn about the latest developments and our state’s capacity to respond to an expected increase in H1N1 cases during the coming flu season,” said Gov. Beshear.
The summit seeks to bring together representatives from a wide range of sectors, including business, public and private K-12 education, secondary education, law enforcement and public safety organizations, health care workers, public health workers, other state agencies and faith-based organizations.
Attendees will hear from public health experts about the current H1N1 situation and what to expect in the fall. Information will also be provided by representatives from schools, businesses, health care and public health agencies on current plans for response to pandemic flu and related preparedness activities. Breakout sessions will encourage in-depth exploration of these topics, and more.
“This summit will provide key information to assist those who attend in preparing their organizations to respond with necessary measures to prevent illness where possible as the H1N1 pandemic progresses,” said Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “While we have no indication that the new H1N1 strain is causing more serious illness than we saw in the spring, we can expect to see more cases through the fall and winter. It’s vital that we focus on preparing now, before the new flu season begins.”
At the recent federal H1N1 Preparedness Summit, which brought together leaders from all 50 states and U.S. territories, states were encouraged to hold their own summits.
Information on registration will be available soon. For more information on swine flu, visit: www.flu.gov. Individuals can also visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov for information on H1N1 and Kentucky, or follow KYHealthAlerts on Twitter to be notified when new information is posted at the Web site.