NIOSH updates seasonal flu webpage

Provides advice on preventing influenza outbreaks in the workplace

Posted February 6, 2017

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently updated its webpage on the seasonal flu.

NIOSH says the new design highlights research initiatives, publications, and key findings from the Institute’s flu-related work. Topics available on the webpage include: Health hazard evaluations, surveillance, respiratory protection, influenza transmission, and engineering infection control.

According to NIOSH, the annual direct costs of influenza in the U.S., including hospital and doctor visits and medications, may run as high as $4.6 billion. In addition, US workers lose up to 111 million workdays at an estimated $7 billion a year in lost productivity.

NIOSH advises employers to take the following actions to help prevent seasonal influenza in the workplace:

  • Promote influenza vaccination among workers;
  • Encourage proper handwashing and respiratory hygiene practices;
  • Educate workers on the signs and symptoms of the flu; and
  • Inform workers on what to do if they get sick.

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