With the swine (H1N1) flu vaccine production running slower than anticipated, the hope that workplaces would avoid the full effects of a pandemic is slowly diminishing.   Interesting, Connecticut is one of just 9 states that are not reporting a widespread swine flu outbreak (perhaps because the first wave hit the state fairly hard).  

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I’ve previously discussed this before, but there are some useful resources out there, several of which have been recently updated. Here are a few of the resources that I can recommend to continue staying on top of this subject:

Overwhelmed? Well, that’s natural. But there are some steps that employers can still take to get your workplace ready for this flu season.

  • Update (or create) a Business Continuity Policy with specific provisions for H1N1 flu.
  • Encourage employees to get flu shots (both seasonal and H1N1) as soon as possible. To the extent that you offer health insurance to employees, determine if those shots are covered under the appropriate plans. And consider offering flu shot clinics if you have the resources. 
  • Clarify what your absence and illness policies will be.  Consider having flexibility in this situation if you can to encourage employees who are sick (or who have someone that is sick in their household) to stay home.
  • Make sure your infrastructure can handle an increased telecommuting presence if need be.
  • Stay updated on the guidance.