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Swine Flu & Breast Friends

May 3, 2009|

Dr. Jennifer Vines with Clark County Public Health talks about the threat of this illness.//Tamara Koedoot with Breast Friends and Sunny Shin with Sungari Pearl talk about a benefit for this breast cancer assistance organization.

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You're listening to metro scale it's a series of interviews -- people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host Joe and winter. Health officials around the world are concerned about the spread of the Swine Flu and -- today gunmen dressed up. It's doctor Jennifer finds. She's been deputy health officer for Clark county public health and she's here to tell you what you need to know about the Swine Flu and we'd like to thank you so much for joining us this morning I met Tesco. -- -- -- First of all what is the Swine Flu. So -- throughout history in new strains of influenza have emerged from the mixing of pig bird and human strains of influenza virus. It's one and one strain which is being called Swine Flu is an influenza virus that's associated with picks and the name. And typically people don't get Swine Flu or if they do they can't pat them on to other people. Did this is an example of a new strain of influenza that's being passed from person to person. So what can we get it from hanging around with pigs then. Currently that's. I our understanding is that it's not. From direct contact with page the main concern and they read in the public health is mobilizing its response -- the -- -- people are getting at its pursuit of personal contact. So Jennifer how is it different from the regular flow. So based on our current knowledge the symptoms of H1N1. This country who are indistinguishable from from the regular flu that has circulated this past winter to their symptoms are fever runny nose cough. Sore throat muscle aches and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. The situation is different because the H1N1 of its planes flew into new strain of influenza. To the population is expected to have little immunity to it either naturally from prior -- affection and support from prior flu vaccines. That is the potential to see a lot of illness and potentially more severe illness. Which is more likely what we have an extremist introduced the population and is confirmed to be transmitted person to person as they try and analysts went it has. So what is the hysteria surrounding the Swine Flu is that warranted I mean I understand that like 36000 people. Every single year die from the flu. So that's a fair question and you know we're public health acknowledged that there are still a lot of unknowns at this virus -- and that. Uncertainty in of itself is understandably difficult for people and anxiety provoking. Again we are working based on the potential to see a lot of illness and more severe illness because this is a new strain and it confirmed to be transmitted person to person. The public health is taking this situation seriously because there's a lot we can do to prevent the spread of illness. But making sure -- people stay home making sure health care providers know what precautions to take who detest. And keeping the community updated on what's going on. So for now public health is encouraging people to go about their daily lives. But pay attention and take steps to protect their health. I washing their hands frequently making circuit -- covering your costs since it is and -- you're staying away from work and school until you're better. Which is typically about seven days after your symptoms start -- Well it's interesting you are talking a little bit about on strains of flu and read. Typically can predict quite far in advance of what the strains of flu are going to be correct. In general the flu vaccine lags about one year behind so again the content and your strength so it's not accounted for and -- three vaccines. And it's not clear when we might have a vaccine -- this particular strain though we're looking at several months. And what about Tamiflu do we have enough of these types of medications. To. Keep this type a flu -- day. So it's a strategic national stockpile for Jimmy came at the federal government has released 25%. Of the antiviral medicines. We know that this strain is sensitive Q Tamiflu and an additional antiviral medicines called the -- Right now we're working on distribution. Locally as those stockpiles. And we're looking from a policy standpoint how best route to use them when she used them and exactly how to distribute them. Currently at or encouraging people to contact their health care providers. And for testing and consideration for treatment with spared addition -- for people who are severely ill. And then we would -- to Madison to prevent situation we have -- more widespread outbreak. And need to consider and I used to Madison some sort of prevention standpoint to protect. Close contacts of people are confirmed. To have a child restraint and in particular people who are at risk of medical complications from influenza. So basically this is just another strain of your average flu and for those people are. -- have happy and healthy and typically you're not gonna have too much to worry about you probably gonna feel a little sick. But you're probably not gonna die there's probably other parts of population that have to be more concerned about this correct. So there's still a lot of uncertainty that this particular virus and until we do it the appropriate surveillance and casting and a better determination of the scope of symptoms that people are experiencing with a strained. -- hesitates to use to reassure people that is completely mild illness because we don't know that yet. For now though you're right as far as people going about daily lives -- you know normal infection control and steps. And as far as genuine in their risk of medical complications they should probably be more aggressive as far as to hand washing. Keeping them something good health you know eating healthy diet getting plenty of -- drinking pretty affiliates. I recommend -- top people that a particular those are worried about and their potential for complications. Was segment of the population should be worried. I'm specifically. People at risk of having more serious complications. From influenza infection are those -- -- kind of chronic heart and lung disease -- Medical problems like congestive heart failure. And his team severe asthma. And anyone who did well enough to have a functioning immune to -- As potentially more risk but we don't have any any different recommendations for that segment of the population -- other than the standard health care and hygiene precaution to just at this point. And oftentimes I think at that segment of the population would be. Young babies elderly people may be women who are pregnant. Failure even -- -- -- -- facility young children does less than one year of -- are also risk of complications that come from from influenza. Pregnant women and -- risk of having a superimposed pneumonia if they become infected with influenza. The right to drop the special segment of the population -- need to be paying attention just health care thank you. You're listening to mattress -- -- we're speaking with doctor Jennifer vines she's the deputy health officer for Clark county public health. And we're talking about the Swine Flu and what you need to know about it and Jennifer what is the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic. So an epidemic is like an ongoing outbreak gets the situation releasing more than the expected number of cases of a particular disease. A pandemic. Hand referring to the -- you know global opponents. It's it's really not an epidemic that occurs over a wide geographic area and Texas significant number of individuals and in the population. Now the World Health Organization has put the danger level to a level five. Which is near the top. And which indicates possibly a pandemic is that correct. So that is correct that'd be pre pandemic. Stage -- -- six could be acknowledging it full blown influenza pandemic. Now what can people do to keep this virus that they talked about covering your cough. What are some other things that people can do to these masks work. So it's not clear at this not a lot of evidence for how well masks work went well people wear them out in public. I'm I think what they do you do it kind of increase awareness again of covering constant it is an increase awareness of basic hygiene practices like hand washing. We do encourage anybody who is ill with influenza like symptoms to plans on seeking medical treatment it's protecting -- for consideration of treatment. We do ask him to call ahead to their health care clinic. And let them know that they're coming in with -- content -- that they can be African mask when they arrive at the clinic content so that they don't expose others and they come in contact without the clinic. So what kind of symptoms should they be looking for. -- it's the typical flu symptoms so. Feel very about a hundred. Typically cough runny nose sore throat kind of the general body aches and some people have some vomiting and diarrhea. Did you hear your typical it's seasonal flu symptoms. So -- possibly quite a few cases of the Swine Flu here in the United States and even here in the northwestern. We may never know about it because Damian go and protesting. That is true. And now that we have we have started testing more is likely that we are going to find more cases and when we find more cases we will act. And how are -- Oregon and Washington preparing for the Swine Flu thing. The group that attacked Oregon and Washington I'm have been preparing for this kind of situation for years. We have plans that have been tested and refined and since 2001 that we're now implementing to address the situation. This specifically you're communicating daily with health care providers the first responders until help to Nigeria -- And we've set up a hotline for health care providers consistent should have questions about Swine Flu. We have prepared tools and databases to track confirmed cases differ when we -- him in the region. So that we can implement specific measures to prevent transmission of illness. And we're also looking at a policy level with our partners. Both Washington State and in the parliament -- area. To develop the in them at cookie says recommendations are and you sit antiviral medicine. You -- masking and in particular around and school closures. So we're creating with our regional partners which are Khaled -- look I can counting on to create our sponsors and organizers sharing national stockpile. Give -- national stockpiled. And seeing -- distribute them widely. And again quick meeting with our healthcare partners in Portland. In addition incriminating. With healthcare facilities on both sides of the river. So that we are giving and receiving information on infection control and making sure their health care facilities are getting adequate support. To receive a lot of severe illness and resources become strained if if this becomes a more widespread what -- they -- -- Caution employers deal with this Swine Flu. Think inflation encouraged -- in the basic hand hygiene so preferably in Washington this -- water and so. And that's not available to an alcohol based hand sanitizing -- -- also a good thing to do. -- employers should be encouraging to complete just stay home so that they're not coming in on the exploiting and exposing their co workers. I'm again should this become widespread and players are encouraged to look at their continuity of operations planning. Looking into alternatives such as having employees work from home about becoming necessary. Now once again where can people go -- like to find out more information about how to handle the Swine Flu -- So I think what are the best resources is and this CDC web sites and executed Debbie Debbie Debbie got CDC dot gov. There's there's a Swine Flu link that would too cute cute just about anything you wanna know. Washington state department of health also has planned for you link from their own pace of the provides valuable information. And then finally the -- honey let's -- Has frequently asked questions and information. For our local local partners and communities. Which has more locally specific information as well. Doctor finds it like to thank you so much for joining us today amateur scout -- thank yeah. That's doctor Jennifer vines she's the deputy health officer for Clark county public health. And we've been talking about the Swine Flu and that's metro scalp and Entercom communications public affairs program. I'm your host -- in winter if you have a public affairs or nonprofit event that you'd like to let others know about. Email me at @entercom.com. Or go to this station's website click on the community page and submit the information. This is mattress got. Fighting breast cancer can often be a lonely experience. So oftentimes -- yeah so well intentioned but often don't know how to help leading women fighting the disease alone and a. Frayed there is an organization and the metro area called breast friends -- comes to the help of those lonely women. And with me today a -- scope is tomorrow could go with breast friends and sunny shin from -- Ari pearl. And they're here to talk about -- friends and tell us how you can benefit the organization. With some entertainment and I like to thank you both for joining us today on metro -- first of all tomorrow what is the mission of -- friends. We'll -- friends Rick's little bit differently than what people think about in terms of breast cancer support. Susan G Coleman. A lot of the funds for Susan G Coleman go. Towards the research. For the cure for breast cancer but with breast friends that we want to do. Is provide the support directly to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. And we also a sign that the women tend to be nurtured so they don't ask for help. We teach the friends and loved ones of the survivor how they can best support. The breast cancer survivor. So what are some things that they might be doing them is he working with the friends of the breast cancer survivor what are some things that you tell them. Well oftentimes. A breast cancers someone that's going through chemotherapy. And radiation becomes quite ill. And what we do with our volunteer match program as we have people that will go to the person's house that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. And is struggling with the chemo treatments. And that volunteer will bring the ills or come in and do housecleaning for the person. Off fun you know just taking over a movie and having that conversation. And really reaching out and calling that person and letting them know that they care because that's what that's what a survivor needs they need -- they need their friends to stick with them. So you encourage. The friends to come to impress friends and become basically partners so they can learn how to help their friends through this very tragic tough time. Yes that's correct we have a lot of the volunteers that work within our organization that are either survivors themselves or. A loved one of a survivor so they come and they become a volunteer. In order to show support for the person that's been diagnosed. How to breast friends get a start. Well. Did it Becky -- and Sharon -- a -- the two founders and it was founded in 2000. Sharon Tennyson was diagnosed with breast cancer in I believe it was in 93. And one she went through it a couple years later maybe it was three years later he later Becky Olson was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Sharon having gone through it already knew how to support -- And and they were talking over coffee one day and came together with this idea that they really needed to teach people. How to support someone that's been diagnosed with breast cancer and that's when they decided to have come up with breast Francis organization. You're listening to mattress up and we're speaking with tomorrow could go to with breast friends and sunny -- from single -- Furl. We're talking about a jazz night at the restaurants and -- -- to benefit the breast cancer assistance organization. -- -- to be really hard to be a friend of a person who's going to something like this I mean it's like one of those situations where you love your friend dearly but you just don't know how to act you don't know what to say. And I guess that's the the mission impress friends to teach people how to do -- that. Absolutely that's something. We work really hard with the friends and loved ones we also provides support directly to people that have been diagnosed. With breast cancer they can call -- -- support just have someone to listen to them. Oftentimes their family members don't know what to say hairdo that the people working within our nonprofit organization. Have training and also the experience in knowing what to do and what to say to somebody that has been diagnosed ready get your funding. A drug here on the director of fundraising so throughout the year I do small group fundraising events for instance I did. A wine tasting a couple weeks ago. At a local wine shop and part of the proceeds for about went towards breast friends. We get grants we did we were receiving grants from Susan G common up until this year and a they have cut back on their funding capability just to to the economy. So a lot of money comes from people that support us people that wanna donate. And people can go directly to our website and donate through our website if anyone chooses to do so. And what is that website. The website address is www. Brest friends dot com and I understand that -- but that is pretty popular. Absolutely it is we have over 400000 that visitors to our site as of right now and more and more people as they find out about us. Are are coming to us for assistance even in other parts of the country although we are local and Portland metro and basically. Also southwest Washington we support the local area. And it's an award winning website is a well I understand yet you won the editor's choice award from healing well dot com. You're listening to mattress up and we're speaking with tomorrow could go to with breast friends and sunny -- from -- -- -- We're talking about a jazz night at the restaurants and -- -- to benefit the breast cancer assistance organization now I you'd definitely try to partner with a lot of people to try to raise money like restaurants like -- Gary Perl and now we want to welcome so nation from sink our pearl and you guys are definitely trying to help -- -- friends with an event is taking place. Throughout the month of may is that correct yes it's jazz -- for breast friends and it will be every Thursday until the end of the month. And starts at 730 and runs till ten a 100% of cover local directly to breast -- CB having jazz nights on Thursday night so what can people expect when they attend jazz night over us and our pearl on Thursday night's. On besides the great lies Muzak we have on T three bands coming and for the month of may oh. We have a wonderful organic very -- C Aaron Small played menus. Feature rain some local ingredients right here in the northwest. And a wonderful cocktail menu featuring fresh squeezed juices and -- gears. You're listening to mattress up and we're speaking with tomorrow could go to with breast friends and sunny -- from -- -- -- We're talking about a jazz night at the restaurants and -- -- to benefit the breast cancer assistance organization that thing I think is really cool about cigar he pearl -- -- sounds like you guys are not only providing delicious too because they're also very aware in. The types of food that you provide your customers yes that's very important it's very important to me purse going to be able to source what I'm eating and especially now where's all the stuff that we're finding out that's in our foods. That's very important to offer about two our guests and our customers and lets them know that we work very very hard. To make sure that all ingredients that we're using is quality. And always when given a choice we buy locally and you guys are also very socially aware -- sounds like -- I mean you've got this fundraisers for breast friends thank you guys do a lot for the community -- sounds like that we're trying I think certainly in the past year air we've I'm definitely focus more on -- just because the needs greater we've also been affected by the economy as well it's I think. That's not a reason to stop being involved with anything it's a reason to get it more involved. Especially for my style and they're hurting as well I mean we all are. It's great for their Morales are mine are now to feel connected and and to feel like you're doing something proactive and you're giving back. Especially during times when we are slow because there are times aren't just like every restaurant right now. We have our down times and we try to utilize that time armed by doing some saying that's going to benefit the community. In this thing is kind of cool as this sounds like you know during this time out of economic lemons you guys are definitely making lemonade guy you're helping out organizations like. Meals on wheels to me about that whites involved with meals on wheels and -- why now why you do and now first of all obviously need is much greater than it's ever -- and it's as a small business on her on -- always looking at cost and what can I do what can I do without Tom putting economic -- -- -- -- NASA and one of the ways is just too. Think creatively what -- what have what can I use we decided that on Mondays were fairly slow the staff is thirty there is Don doesn't increase our pare out all. But again it goes back to helping people love making me feel good about coming to work. And on doing something good for the communities so the idea was -- let's use this time rather than. You know sit around feeling didn't include -- know let's be proactive and let's give there's Anita and we have food. And so -- we all got together and decided you know let's prepare some healthy dishes. Om that's verso tile and do the best we can and we started out where it's morning -- and now all were out about a 115. Meals a month. Well so calm and hopefully we can continue to grow with that letting other businesses out there are letting restaurants some out there are no there is a way to work with what you already half of without creating more expenses. Where you can give back there is nothing there are to be able to get back. So you're basically putting a challenge -- to -- other businesses to do what they can't see you helped some of the nonprofit organizations on a local level I'm not sure if I would say a challenge but I would say please please now more than ever under such a great mean with our local charities. That we must have continue. Com please do you can there's so many ways you can donate and I don't you can round pick -- a day that's a slow night and do what we do which is. Live music getting people and getting people involved. More importantly it's not so much about the dollars that you were days. There's something equally valuable and that's awareness. That there is in these types of organizations out there to assist our neighbors. And that there's a need for support for those organizations. You're listening to -- -- -- and we're speaking with tomorrow could go to with breast friends and sunny -- from single -- Furl. We're talking about a jazz night at the restaurants and -- -- to benefit the breast cancer assistance organization. If some would like more information about your jazz nights over a sink -- -- are aimed at things you guys are doing over there is there -- website or phone number a place for people can go to find out more. Yes and that is so -- hurled dot com or our phone numbers 9712227327. What did you spill -- and -- Perl for us. As CU and GA RI. PE. RL dot com. Right and then tomorrow I have some they would like more information on breast friends or. Could find out how they might be able to volunteer or donate some money is their place where they can go. Absolutely for anybody interest in donating to breast friends horror volunteering and donating -- nine -- for -- to use -- are auctioned. Didn't go to www. BE REE -- test teach. FR IED and DS. Dot com. All right we'd like to thank you to you for joining us today on mantra scope that is the tomorrow could -- with breast friends and sunny shin from so and gory pearl talking about a judge Snyder at the restaurant. To benefit the breast cancer assistance organization. And that's mattress company Entercom community. Haitians public affairs program I'm your host Joan -- winter if you at a nonprofit or public affairs and doesn't even like to let others know about. You can email me at @entercom.com. Or go to this station's website click on the community page and submit the information. This is mattress company.