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Amber Childres
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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Takes Action in Swine Flu Prevention

HOUSTON (April 30, 2009) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is taking proactive measures to discourage the spread of the H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu. All Girl Scout Council-level events, programs and activities scheduled May 1 through May 11 have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

These actions are purely preventive and were taken based on recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). To date there have been no confirmed cases of swine flu among members, volunteers or staff of the San Jacinto Council.

“The Girl Scouts’ primary concern is always the health and safety of the girls we serve,” says Mary Vitek, Chief Executive Officer of GSSJC. “Our Council is taking the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and ensure the safety of our members and the community at large. We will continue to carefully monitor this developing situation and will make adjustments as needed based on guidelines set by the CDC and local public health officials.”

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council advises service unit leaders, troop leaders and other volunteers to cancel or postpone Girl Scout activities if a member of the troop has been exposed to the swine flu, is experiencing symptoms or currently attends a school that has been closed due to an outbreak.

Visit www.gssjc.org for updates and status information on specific programs, events and activities. In the meantime, visit www.pandemicflu.gov for recommendations on preventing the spread of the swine flu.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.