Keeping Employees Healthy and Protecting Staff From an Influenza Outbreak

Pandemic Preparedness:
Local Preparation for a Global Issue

When flu season arrives, it’s important to keep employees healthy and protect the entire staff from an influenza outbreak. Over the past several months there has been a flurry of news activity surrounding pandemic flu (specifically swine and bird flu) and preparations at the global, federal, and local level to address this concern. It can be difficult for those in private industry and for those government customers not directly involved in planning to understand their role.

Business continuity planning for this type of event can have far-reaching benefits. The same strategies adopted for pandemic preparedness can be modified for use in similar catastrophes. Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, has developed guidelines to assist businesses with planning efforts. A host of additional resources is available to become informed on pandemic flu and to develop sound contingency plans. Planning and preparing now will have a positive impact on an organization’s survival during times of crisis.

The Full Article contains links to planning checklists and other excellent resources.

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