Lessons Learned from Swine Flu

Cases of swine flu are still being reported but it appears that, like the bird flu and other diseases, it was not the serious pandemic threat that was earlier feared. Keith Larsen, of the Bear River Health Department, says he feels good about the way it was handled with the department having daily communication with the public as well as state and federal officials.Hours were extended so people could call on weekends to ask questions but Larsen says those have been discontinued. On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday night, Larsen said, fortunately, Cache Valley has not been affected. “But we’ll stay on top of that and let the public know to the best of our ability how they can prepare themselves.”Larsen continued, “The problem with public health is how do you count a disease you’ve prevented, how do you show that you actually prevented disease in your community. We’ll do the best we can to keep the community informed and let them know so they can make good choices about the disease prevention practices they have in their homes and families and businesses.”Larsen says one lesson learned through the experience was to make sure every member of the Health Department Staff is fully informed about the situation.

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