Friday, July 17, 2009

Are You Still Trying to Ignore the Threat of a Pandemic?

Swine Flu pandemic planning is now more critical than ever.

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they have stopped counting the number of cases, although both agencies will continue to monitor the outbreak of H1N1 pandemic flu.

When they stopped reporting numbers this (Friday 7/17) morning WHO had counted more than 95,000 cases and 429 deaths world-wide and 40,600 confirmed cases with 263 deaths in the U.S. alone.

But, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said those numbers are meaningless. Great Britain estimated 55,000 new cases last week alone and Dr. Schuchat says there are likely millions of sick people in every country in the world. Most people infected with H1N1 are never tested, she said.

Five companies, mostly overseas, are beginning to make flu vaccines for the U.S. market, but won't begin to test those vaccines on humans until sometime in August.

If you have a business, run a health care facility, a government agency, police department, fire department, public or private school system, university or non-profit agency you are running out of time.

You must complete a plan to help your organization through a two to three month period this fall when as many as 20-to-40-percent of your workforce will be out sick or afraid to come to work or stuck taking care of sick family members or friends.

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