The revised web page highlights the latest research and health surveillance activities to better understand the transmission of the flu virus, engineering infection controls, personal protective technologies, and health surveillance of seasonal flu.
The direct costs of seasonal influenza are estimated to be $4.6 billion annually, according to NIOSH. Up to 111 million workdays are lost at an estimated expense of $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity.
The web page includes the following recommendations to prevent flu transmission at the workplace:
- Promote and administer seasonal influenza vaccine.
- Take steps to minimize potential exposures.
- Monitor and manage ill health care personnel.
- Adhere to standard precautions.
- Adhere to droplet precautions.
- Use caution when performing aerosol-generating procedures.
- Manage visitor access and movement within the facility.
- Monitor influenza activity.
- Implement environmental infection control.
- Implement engineering controls.
- Train and educate health care personnel.
- Administer antiviral treatment and chemoprophylaxis of patients and health care personnel when appropriate.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
April 11, 2011
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