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April 27, 2009

Heather Howard

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Tom Slater

New Jersey Continues to Monitor for Swine Flu, ---Cabinet Level Agencies Convene To Coordinate Plans-



The Department of Health and Senior Services is continuing its enhanced statewide monitoring for flu-like illnesses. The Department sent guidance information to New Jersey’s school nurses today and the Department of Education has forwarded that information to executive county superintendents and district superintendents.


“New Jersey continues to put its readiness plans in place as health officials continue to monitor the state for any influenza-like illnesses in light of the outbreak of swine flu in the United States and Mexico,’’ said Governor Jon S. Corzine. “We understand that residents of our state are concerned about what is happening in other states. New Jersey is doing everything possible to continue to prepare if the outbreak spreads to New Jersey


As of today, New Jersey has no reported cases. However, Governor Corzine convened a meeting of cabinet officers today to coordinate activities with all state agencies.


The Department of Health and Senior Services is the lead state agency as New Jersey continues to monitor the outbreak of swine flu in the country, but its effort and response will be coordinated across state government.


New Jersey purchased 800,000 doses of Tamiflu and other antiviral medications in 2006 and this week the state will be accepting another 300,000 doses from the Strategic National Stockpile. “We are pleased that three years ago we made the decision to begin preparing for a time when we may need these medications,’’ said Commissioner Howard.


“It’s important for the general public to remain informed and know what steps they can take to protect themselves and their family,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “We will continue to share information with our health care partners, hospitals, providers and the public.”


The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, lack of appetite, coughing and fatigue. Some people have also reported having a sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.


You cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. There are no special recommendations for anyone who owns a pig or is routinely exposed to pigs.


Commissioner Howard also reminds the public that there are precautions that everyone should take to reduce the chance of getting ill:


  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • See your physician if your illness continues.


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