This year's flu season may be particularly disruptive, as the regular seasonal flu is expected to be joined by the novel H1N1 flu. Find out what HR can and should do now to start preparing for the flu season, in order to keep your workforce safe and minimize disruption to your business operations. Also included are immediate steps to take should the flu strike your workplace.
In June 2009, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, declared that the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic had officially been met.
In July 2009, President Obama called on the nation to begin planning for the flu season, calling flu preparedness a "shared responsibility."
In August 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new federal guidelines to help businesses plan for and respond to the upcoming flu season.