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Responding to the H1N1 “Swine” Flu Outbreak

 

Responding to Concerns

Given the widespread media coverage regarding swine flu, you should be prepared to answer questions from management and employees regarding the steps to take to protect both the company and its employees. You should rely on the advice of experts in making decisions for your organization. Stick to the facts, if you are unsure about what course-of-action to take, contact your local public health department.

  • Should my organization restrict travel to countries or cities where swine flu outbreaks have occurred? Follow the travel guidelines of the US State Department, CDC, the WHO, and your local public health department. Your company may have a stricter travel policy, so be sure to review your company’s travel restriction guidelines.
  • What steps should I take when an employee returns from traveling to an area where swine flu outbreaks have occurred? If any employees have recently traveled to an area where swine flu cases have been reported, remind them to be alert for symptoms. Inform them that if at any point they present flu symptoms, encourage them to stay at home. If they do not have flu symptoms but are concerned that they may have been exposed to the virus, you may want to offer those employees the option to telecommute.
  • What should I do if employees are concerned about working around fellow employees that have recently traveled to areas where an outbreak was reported? At this time, the CDC has not recommended any medical evaluations for employees that have traveled to impacted areas, which means that there are no work restrictions for these employees. As is the case with any communicable illnesses, employees should contact their supervisors immediately if they exhibit symptoms.



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