Agenda Learn the Facts – What is a Flu Pandemic? How the Influenza Virus Spreads Public Health Prevention Strategies Developing a Preparedness Plan for Yourself and Your Family Developing a Preparedness Plan for the Workplace Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace Be Informed
Objectives Discuss what to expect during a flu pandemic Identify the differences between seasonal flu and pandemic flu Describe how the influenza virus is spread Describe what steps can be taken to reduce the spread of flu in the workplace Determine what questions to ask about workplace policies, practices, and protocols related to the potential of a flu pandemic occurring
What Is a Pandemic? Pandemic – an event in which a disease causing serious illness spreads around the world and affects large numbers of people
What Is Pandemic Flu? Pandemic Flu– human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic Little or no immunity in the human population Causes serious illness Spreads quickly and easily person-to- person worldwide
Differences between Seasonal Flu & Pandemic Flu Activity
Public Health Prevention Strategies Isolation –Separating individuals who have the flu from those who do not Quarantine –Separating individuals who have been exposed to the flu virus from those who have not Social Distancing –limiting social (face-to-face) interaction to reduce exposure to and transmission of a disease.
During a pandemic flu event, what approaches would help control the spread of pandemic flu?
Safety through Vaccine? Scientists are researching flu vaccines. If a vaccine is developed for pandemic flu, it may not be available due to challenges with manufacturing and distribution.
Developing a Preparedness Plan for Yourself and Your Family
Things to Consider How school and daycare closures, smaller workforces and community infrastructure changes could disrupt your family routine Individual needs of family members
Make a Kit Store at least a 2-week supply of food, water, and supplies at home. Check for updates or additional recommendations on www.redcross.org.www.redcross.org
Pandemic Flu Planning for Yourself and Your Family Activity
Developing a Preparedness Plan for the Workplace
Business Continuity Planning Employers and employees share responsibility for developing the plan Consider the impact of employee absenteeism Consider changes to supply and delivery chains Identify clear job descriptions during a flu pandemic Institute policies that allow or encourage employees to stay home if they are sick
Business Continuity Planning, cont’d. Provide a healthier workplace by reducing the spread of pandemic flu by stockpiling Soap Tissues Alcohol-based hand sanitizers Cleaning supplies Gloves
Business Continuity Planning, cont’d. Stockpile materials and supplies you need to continue business operations Practice implementing your plan on an ongoing basis
Get Started: Emergency Preparedness Checklist Activity
Emergency Preparedness Checklist: Instructions Review sections 2 and 3 and identify those items you believe are most relevant to your position or role in the company.
Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace
Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Workplace Ask employees to stay home if they are sick Wash hands frequently Make tissues and hand sanitizers available Make trash receptacles easily assessable Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
What are some of the commonly used or touched items in your workplaces?
What are some of the lessons you learned as a child that you think will be useful in the event of a flu pandemic?
Workplace Healthy Habits Clean your hands often. Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm if you don’t have a tissue. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay away from people who are sick. Avoid contact with commonly used items. Get a flu shot every Fall.
If someone at work is ill with the flu, what are some actions you can take to prevent the spread of the flu in the workplace?
Visit www.pandemicflu.govwww.pandemicflu.gov − State plans: www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/states/index.html Visit www.redcross.orgwww.redcross.org State and local health departments Local American Red Cross chapter
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