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The Science Behind Influenza seminar set for Wednesday in Avon

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What: The Science Behind Influenza.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cost: Free.

AVON — The flu has arrived in Eagle County. Do you want to know how to protect yourself and your family from respiratory diseases like the flu? Have you ever wondered how diseases spread? Would you like to learn how the flu is tracked in the U.S.? Would you like to learn more on what you can do to protect the community? Learn more on the Science Behind Influenza at Walking Mountains Science Center on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The seminar’s guest presenters, Kristin Arkin, Rebecca Larson and Heather Gilmartin, of Eagle County Public Health, will share their knowledge of infectious disease prevention, epidemiology and the interactive Flu Near You (www.flu nearyou.org) project. Arkin is a public health associate working with Eagle County Public Health in the Disease Prevention Unit. Larson is the epidemiologist for Eagle County and has more than 10 years of experience in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Gilmartin is a public health nurse and health systems researcher with experience in clinical practice and research on methods to prevent and control of infectious diseases.

At the event, they will discuss the biology of a virus and how your body fights infection, how diseases spread, prevention and control measures you can take and how our community can participate in an early detection system to prevent epidemics. The program will include hands-on demonstrations, modeling the influenza virus and games with prizes to test your knowledge.



The Science Behind series of classes highlights useful and fun skills that have underlying scientific principles. Each class provides a hands-on, interactive component with instruction from a local subject matter expert and a Walking Mountains educator. Classes are held once a month at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling 970-827-9725.


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