The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health will hold a news conference on Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. to announce the mass public distribution of 1.6 million pandemic flu preparedness handbooks.  The event will be hosted at the LDH Emergency Operations Center at 8919 World Ministry Ave. in Baton Rouge, La.

State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry will speak about the importance of preparing for a pandemic flu event and the serious threat which faces the world when the next pandemic strikes, which is predicted to occur within the next few years.  Citizens will also be advised when they can expect to receive their handbook in the mail and what precautions to take to protect themselves against the danger of a rapidly spreading disease.

WHAT:   Announcement of mass distribution of pandemic flu preparedness handbooks

WHEN:   June 18, 2007
                11 a.m.

WHERE: LDH Emergency Operations Center
                8919 World Ministry Ave.
                Baton Rouge, La.

WHO:     Dr. Jimmy Guidry, State Health Officer

For more information, contact Ken Pastorick or Avis Richard-Griffin with the Office of Public Health at (225) 763-3535.