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Flu Update: HR toolkit, antivirals, CDC briefing


Doing Business During a Pandemic: HR Guide and Toolkit

The University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and with contractual financial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released a new toolkit, Doing Business During an Influenza Pandemic: Human Resource Policies, Protocols, Templates, Tools, & Tips.

The toolkit, designed for organizations of all sizes, is intended to:

·         Help human resource (HR) professionals new to pandemic planning come up to speed quickly on high-priority HR issues related to operating during an influenza pandemic

·         Provide concrete ways that organizations can implement federal guidance

·         Offer new ideas that can be used to improve existing plans

·         Serve as a reference for benchmarking.

The guide is available online:

Updated Guidance on Antivirals

Employers who have already stockpiled antiviral drugs in anticipation of a severe pandemic should maintain their stockpiles in accordance with state pharmacy regulations and federal laws and regulations. Currently the level of severity of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic does not warrant the use of antivirals for pre-exposure ("outbreak") prevention in any setting.

Current CDC guidance recommends using antivirals only for rapid treatment of ill persons and for post-exposure prevention for those who are at higher risk for complications or for exposed healthcare personnel, public health workers or first responders.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged organizations with stockpiled antiviral drugs (Tamiflu and Relenza) that are at or nearing their expiration date to consider keeping supplies while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) evaluates options, including those that may allow for their use if needed during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak.

More information:

Influenza Round Table: Antiviral Drugs
CDC's Dr. Joe Bresee explains the nature of antiviral drugs and how they are used.

H1N1 Vaccine Information

CDC Press Briefing Today at 1:30 p.m. EST
H1N1 Flu and Vaccine Distribution
Thursday, November 12, 1:30 p.m. EST

To listen: 1-800-475-0471
Passcode: CDC Media

Please dial-in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the briefing


Additional Information

Seasonal and H1N1 Vaccine Q&A for Businesses:

Vaccine Supply Q&A:

Vaccine Safety:

The five key priority groups that should be vaccinated first are pregnant women, healthcare workers, people who care for infants under the age of 6 months, all people from 6 months to 24 years of age, and people ages 25 through 64 who have underlying health conditions.

To find out where seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine is offered in your area, please contact your state or local health department.

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Guidance for Employers

Doing Busines During and Influenza Pandemic: Human Resource Policies, Protocols, Templates, Tools & Tips

H1N1 Planning Checklist for HR Professionals

Quick Reference for Businesses and Employers: 2009-2010 Influenza Planning Season Planning and Response

10-Point Framework for Pandemic Influenza Business Preparedness

FAQ: Flu and the Workplace

Planning for 2009 H1N1 Influenza: A Preparedness Guide for Small Business

Seasonal Flu Information for Workplaces & Employees

Where You Live: State-Specific Flu Planning and Response Information

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers To Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Influenza Season

Occupational Health Issues Associated with H1N1 Influenza Virus

Novel H1N1 Flu and Travel

Webcast: Know What to Do About the Flu (Business Guidance | Small Business)

Flu-related Privacy Issues: Information for Employers

HR Policies and Pandemic Planning

Resources for Parents

Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents

Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families

Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home

Advice for Parents On Talking to Children

Resources for Pregnant Women

Webcast: Know What to Do About the Flu (Pregnant Women and New Moms | Parents and Child Care Providers)

H1N1 Vaccine and Pregnant Women


Learn More

For the latest information on novel H1N1 and seasonal flu:




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