Workplace Safety and the Flu

OSHA has created a webpage that provides information for workers and employers on reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces, including the basic precautions to be used in all workplaces and additional precautions for healthcare settings.

Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for protecting individuals from seasonal flu, including updates on the most recent seasonal flu vaccine. Each year the vaccine is revised to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common this season.

Pandemic flu remains a concern for employers and workers. A pandemic can occur at any time and can be mild, moderate, or severe. Although the pandemic H1N1 flu in 2009 was considered by CDC to be mild, it created significant challenges for employers and workers and showed that many workplaces were not prepared. For information on pandemic flu planning, see OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics page: Pandemic Influenza.

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