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Flu pandemic plans and occupational health

Kev O'ConnorOccupational Health
09 February 2009 16:03
http://www.personneltoday.com/articles/ ... ealth.html

Occupational health has a critical role to play in managing an outbreak.
The current economic downturn has hit hard and fast. However, the credit crunch is not the only cloud on the horizon nature has its own surprises in store.

We have been hearing for some time about pandemic flu. This natural phenomenon occurs in 30- to 50-year cycles, and one may be just around the corner. Fortunately, the history of flu viruses suggest that while there will be many fatalities, we are unlikely to experience the catastrophic mortality rates associated with avian flu (often quoted above 60%), or the doomsday scenario depicted in the recent BBC drama Survivors. What we may face, however, is a high morbidity rate. Should the affected group be in the adult population, as we are experiencing with the current 'Brisbane' flu strain, then our economy and workplaces may not fare well.

So what can occupational health (OH) do? --- continued at link, above ---

Includes:
    Plan ahead
    Communication
    OH response


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