The public session is being hosted by the Barry County Health Department and the Barry County Office of Emergency Management. Representatives from Cox Monett Hospital, St. John's Hospital-Cassville and the Lawrence County Health Department will also be participating.
Topics will include:
* The difference between seasonal and H1N1 influenza.
* Business continuity with the change of high absenteeism due to the flu.
* How to protect the community.
* Cleaning and prevention measures.
"The purpose of these sessions will be to educate members of the community about H1N1 and what they need to do to prevent the spread of the virus," said Kathleen King, Barry County Health department administrator. "It will be geared particularly to businesses, but everyone is invited to attend."
According to David Compton, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management, local authorities have already stockpiled a supply of anti-viral medications for both Barry and Lawrence counties.
"We expect to have enough vaccine for our target groups," said Compton. "And we have more anti-viral medications available to the county when our current supplies are depleted."
For those who are unable to attend the meeting in Monett, there will be another meeting held in Cassville earlier in the day. That meeting will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Crowder College Cassville Campus auditorium at 4020 North Main on Oct. 8.
Those who plan to attend one of the sessions are asked to let King know by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.