WINTER HARBOR — Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro residents are invited to a meeting Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall to discuss ways in which the towns can collaborate to inform residents about avoiding and coping with swine flu.
“We are calling it the H1N1 Community Information Forum,” said Cathy Carruthers, acting town manager. “The goal is to work together on this and get the word out to people about ways to counteract the flu, and once you have it, what to do about it.”
Dr. Benjamin Newman, selectman and health officer in Winter Harbor, had suggested the forum as a way to combine resources in both towns.
Among the issues that have been raised are how to get food to persons who are homebound with the flu, alternative medical assistance should medical providers get sick with the flu and establishing a central office to track information about the flu locally.
Carruthers said Gouldsboro Town Manager Eve Wilkinson arranged to have a notice sent home with children at the Peninsula School notifying their parents about the forum.
Residents at the meeting will be asked, among other information, whether they are willing to help in the event of widespread swine flu in the area and whether they have a medical background.
Newman said the good news was that Australia just concluded its winter season and the incidence of swine flu was about 200 percent less than what health officials in that country anticipated.
Young said the meeting would be helpful, even if swine flu is not as prevalent as anticipated.
“This is a good exercise for the town,” she said.