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Pandemic Flu Awareness

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In October 2005, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that if pandemic flu was to hit the US, approximately 200,000 to 2 million people could possibly die. This was based on models from past pandemics – the Spanish Flu (1918), the Asian Flu (1957), and the Hong Kong Flu (1968). The government further estimates that up to 40% of the workforce could be absent from work at the height of a pandemic wave. The potential impact on the social and economic infrastructure is enormous. To address this, the government has released a response plan called the "National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan," referred to as "the Strategy." The Strategy outlines the roles and responsibilities of governmental and nongovernmental entities, but clearly indicates that the center of gravity for pandemic response will be at the community level. According to the Strategy, "sustaining the operations of critical infrastructure under conditions of pandemic influenza will depend largely on each organization's development and implementation plans for business continuity of operations under conditions of staffing shortages and to protect the health of their workforce." In other words, it is essential for all institutions and businesses to develop their own pandemic plan. It isn't too early to start planning how you and your organization will respond to the very real threat of a flu pandemic. In fact, there could be a point when it is too late. This course is designed to increase awareness of the pandemic threat the flu poses and to provide information that can be used to form the basis of preparedness and prevention for your organization. This course also includes the latest information concerning the H1N1 (swine) flu which the World Health Organization has indicated that a pandemic is underway. This course was reviewed and edited by Winn Forensics, LLC, a professional services company focusing on corporate, business and personal safety training as well as consulting on occupational injury matters. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

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All employees, supervisors, and managers

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Pandemic Flu Awareness

  • recognize key differences between a pandemic flu and the regular seasonal flu
  • identify key facts associated with the swine and bird flu
  • recognize key concepts associated with the flu in humans
  • identify the factors that influence the speed with which the flu could become pandemic
  • identify the types of nonpharmaceutical interventions that may be used to limit or prevent the spread of flu
  • identify key concepts associated with pharmaceutical interventions used to limit or prevent the spread of flu
  • identify key concepts associated with actions the US government is taking to track and prevent the spread of the flu
  • match the categories of hazard controls suggested by OSHA with examples
  • recognize examples of considerations for inclusion in a personal pandemic preparedness plan
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