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Flu forum

Most everybody knows about the common flu but few are familiar with pandemic flu. Learn what it is and what it means to you at the Pandemic Influenza Community Forum at 7 p.m., Sept. 21, in council chambers at Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave.

Pandemic flu is virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak - or pandemic - of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person. Currently, there is no pandemic flu, but officials are concerned for the future.

The forum, hosted by the city of Lake Oswego, includes speakers from county health offices, the public health sector, emergency response agencies and from the Clackamas County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Participants will find out about planning and preparedness in case of future outbreaks, and learn what to do to limit or prevent exposure, as well as have an opportunity to ask questions.

This event is free, open to the public and no registration is necessary. For additional information, contact Lake Oswego Fire Chief Ed Wilson at 503-635-0275.

For general information about pandemic influenza, go to www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/states/oregon.html.