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CDC Offers Document on Business Response to Swine Flu

An updated guidance for employers of all sizes to use as they develop plans to respond to 2009 H1N1 influenza (popularly known as swine flu) now and during the upcoming fall and winter influenza season was issued this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with input from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

WASHINGTON —An updated guidance for employers of all sizes to use as they develop plans to respond to 2009 H1N1 influenza (popularly known as swine flu) now and during the upcoming fall and winter influenza season was issued this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with input from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The document is available at www.flu.gov.

“Businesses and employers, in general, play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety, as well as in limiting the negative impact of influenza outbreaks on the individual, the community, and the nation’s economy,” said CDC in a statement.

“Employers who have developed pandemic plans should review and revise their plans in light of the current 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak to take into account the extent and severity of disease in their community as outlined in this guidance.”

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