Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

Worries About Rain and H1N1 Flu Lower Turnout at Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The turnout at today’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration in San Francisco’s Dolores Park was a bit subdued at the get-go yesterday morning. But things picked up a bit in the afternoon, when the rain let up a bit in the Mission District.

A performer heading north away from the park in the rain yesterday morning. Click to expand:

There were more people working the festival than actual attendees an hour after the start.

I’d forgotton all about the worry over the Swine Flu until seeing masks being worn at some food vendors:

Free cardiovascular health screenings and health management products from the American Society of Hypertension - well that’s a draw in itself:

See you next year!
MISSION NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS PRESENTS
“San Francisco CINCO DE MAYO” at Dolores Park Saturday, May 2, 2009

SAN FRANSICO CINCO DE MAYO Festival is a wonderfully unique experience–Bring your picnic blanket and
entire family, including los abuelos/grandparents, to enjoy the sun, cultural entertainment, recreation and dramatic city view!

What: Mission Neighborhood Centers invite the entire bay area community to San Francisco’s CINCO DE
MAYO Festival, Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10a-6p at Dolores Park between 18th & 20thSt. — FREE all day Health
Screening, Cultural Entertainment, Kid’s Activities, Art/Crafts, Lucha Libre Wrestlers, Soccer Skills Camp and
Mission Dolores tour — a short walk from BART 16th St. Station and Muni/Light Rail Church/18th St. stop.
FREE hypertension health screening, sponsored by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), including blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol testing with onsite results and referrals —FREE health tools given away to adults and children while they last!

This Year’s Mascot: Cartoon Network’s “Scubby Doo” will be at the park taking pictures and giving paw-prints to dog lovers and the kids too! MNC’s festival’s goal is to promote education, healthy lifestyle and alternative resources for family/children by introducing new, “Health”, “Education” and “Going Green” sections featuring community non-profits, county/state agencies, and retail vendors along with our traditional/cultural arts/craft/food vendors—all in an alcohol-free environment.

The stage program will include Univision morning show “Al Despertar’s” delightful host, Kira Vilanova, as SF Cinco’s event mistress of ceremonies, as well as LA rockeros “Zhono” and “Futuro Picante”, Mariachis “Colima” and “Femenil Orgullo Mexicano”, Azteca/Folklorico Dance, illusionist “Anthony the Magic”, Soloist “Berta Olivia”, “Lucha Libre” personalities and more.

This event targets 10,000 families which is 4+ (parents, child+, and grandparent) via our outreach to SF Unified School District student/families, our multichannel media partners COMCAST, Univision KDTV14, TeleFutura 66, Radio LaKalle, general KISSfm, MOVINfm, and Green960am, print, web placement and transit partner BART via bay area wide electronic platform signs and more.

WHY: The event benefits the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Celebrating 50 years of Community Service
“1959-2009” (www.mncsf.org). Since 1959, MNC has provided a wide variety of social services through quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for the Mission District’s low-income residents through their Head Start, Youth Development and Senior Services Programs.
Event Sponsors: Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., SF Grants for the Arts, Comcast, American Society of
Hypertension, Wells Fargo, Western Union, SF Health Plan and more.

When: SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: DOLORES PARK
18th & Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA

FREE EVENT
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 10:00 A.M.

THERE WILL BE FREE MUSIC, BALLET FOLKLORICO AND AZTEC DANCERS, ARTS AND
CRAFTS, BOOTHS AND MORE!

Swine Flu: SFO Would Like to Draw Your Attention to this Traveler’s Alert Health Notice

Monday, April 27th, 2009

San Francisco International Airport would like to hep you to what’s new about Swine Flu – specifically this notice from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


TRAVELER’S HEALTH ALERT NOTICE

Risk of Swine Flu Associated with Travel to Affected Areas

Public health officials within the United States and throughout the world are investigating outbreaks of
swine influenza (swine flu).

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes
outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human
infections with swine flu do occur. Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus
spreads from human to human and can cause illness.

The outbreak is ongoing and additional cases are expected. For more information concerning swine flu
infection, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. For specific information on travel precautions and an update on the
affected areas, please visit: www.cdc.gov/travel.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may
include:
• Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
• Sore throat
• Cough
• Stuffy nose
• Chills
• Headache and body aches
• Fatigue

Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Severe illness (pneumonia
and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal
flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

People entering the United States who are experiencing symptoms consistent with swine flu and have
traveled to an affected area (see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm for affected areas), or
have been exposed to someone possibly infected with swine flu, during the last 7 days should report their
illnesses to their health care provider immediately and inform them of their recent travel.

People traveling from the United States to affected areas should be aware of the risk of illness with swine
flu and take precautions.
To prevent the spread of swine flu:
• Avoid contact with ill persons.
• When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do
not have a tissue). Throw used tissues in a trash can.
• After you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based
hand gel.
• If you think you are ill with flu, avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at
home or in your hotel room. Seek medical care if you are severely ill (such as having
trouble breathing). There are antiviral medications for prevention and treatment of swine
flu that a doctor can prescribe. Do not go to work, school, or travel while ill.

Swine Flu Travel Health Alert Notice
04-09
Safer • Healthier • People ™
For more information:
• Contact your local or state health department
• Visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
• Contact CDC 24 Hours/Every Day
o 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
o TTY: (888) 232-6348
o cdcinfo@cdc.gov

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.