November 24, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Holiday Travelers Encouraged to Consider Health

As travelers enter and leave Greene County this week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges everyone to consider protecting their own health and the health of the community they will be visiting.

“H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses have the opportunity to spread more easily when people are in close contact with one another,” says department spokesperson Jaci McReynolds. “Sitting close together on a crowded bus, train or airplane, or spending time indoors in crowded gatherings or at events can increase a person’s risk of getting the flu.”

The department urges travelers to postpone or cancel plans and stay home if they have flu-like symptoms, which may include cough, runny or stuffy nose, fever of 100°F or more, body aches, headache, chills, tiredness, vomiting or diarrhea.

“It is also important that travelers wash their hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching their face, and keep a distance of at least six feet from someone who is sick,” adds McReynolds.

To emphasize this message, the statewide, grassroots Fight the Flu campaign has designed a series of posters and produced audio public service announcements that encourage people to stay home or in their hotel room if sick. The health department is also working with the Springfield travel industry to provide information to lodging managers, including fact sheets for employees in housekeeping and food service, a checklist and guidance for hoteliers, and handouts for guest rooms.

Materials can be downloaded for use from the Tourism & Travelers page at www.FightTheFluMO.com.

Media contact:
Jaci McReynolds
Public Information Administrator
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
227 E Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO  65802
(417) 874-1205 office
(417) 830-9511 cell
jmcreynolds@springfieldmo.gov

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