September 19, 2019

Flu Shots are Here – WST

So now that all of our little bio-hazards are back in school doing their best to germ-share with their friends, it is time to start thinking about getting our flu shots.

The following CDC website has some current flu vaccination information for you:

Now is a good time to review some Pandemic Plan basics:

  • Focus on operating with limited staffing (are your procedures up to date, and have you cross trained?)
  • Don’t limit the plan to any specific illness or medical condition
  • Consider your vendors; if they are short-staffed how will it affect your organization?
  • Don’t hard-link your “pandemic declaration” to World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control declarations. Your plan should be escalated when your risk escalates.
  • Train & Test – Use the day after Thanksgiving, July 5th, snow day, etc. as an actual “low staffing day”
  • Include in your Pandemic Plan:
    • Contacts, especially medical and governmental
    • Shelter-in-place needs (e.g., food, hygiene items, medicines, etc.)
    • “Must perform” tasks, and identify areas that can be postponed
    • Considerations for “working from home” (i.e., remote access, pay, etc.)

You may also consider:

  • Providing Flu shots to your employees, or at least keeping them informed on where they can get them.
  • Conducting good hygiene training with employees; you know the basics: cough into your elbow, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face.
  • Providing hand sanitizers and tissues for employees and customers.

And of course, if you are sick enough to be contagious, stay home.

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