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Big Flu Season: Unwelcome Enemy of Small Businesses


A current Time Magazine article points out that just when things were hitting bottom and starting a slow assent, the small business community has a new foe to contend with other than the Recession…a flu season that promises to knock down what employees remain and threaten productivity like never before. Hurricane season has not been much of a factor, but this creeping flu pandemic, which includes both “regular” flu as well as the dreaded H1N1 could really be a problem.

The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida has Certified Business Analysts trained to help your business prepare, prevent and weather this flu season.

Read on:

As a small business leader, you are a valuable partner in our nation’s defense against natural and man-made threats. Preparedness is the best method to defend against the impacts of all threats and all hazards, including public health threats.

As we face the possibility of a wider H1N1 influenza outbreak, it is difficult to predict how the virus may or may not change. However, we know the nation must be prepared to respond appropriately. The Department of Homeland Security is working to ensure you have the necessary tools and information to be prepared as well. The severity of illness that 2009 H1N1 influenza flu will cause (including hospitalizations and deaths) or the amount of illness that may occur as a result of seasonal influenza during the 2009–2010 influenza season cannot be predicted with a high degree of certainty. Therefore, small businesses should plan to be able to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity and be prepared to take additional steps if a potentially more serious outbreak of influenza evolves during the fall and winter.

Small businesses are often the backbone of private sector industries and their local communities. With this in mind, we must partner to ensure the wheels of the nation’s economy continue to turn, even if faced with absenteeism, restricted services, and supply chain disruptions. If prepared, small businesses can keep their doors open and our nation’s economic health and security resilient.

The most important thing you can do to prepare your business is to have a written plan.

This guide is intended to help you write your plan and help spread the message of preparedness. Also, encourage your employees to prepare their own homes and families, which includes having a plan to care for sick family members and storing a two-week supply of food and medical supplies. More information is available at www.flu.gov. With your help, we can help keep our economy and our communities healthy and safe. To access the guide, go here.

John Ledwith, a high school friend of mine who works for a health care promotion company called ETR, also alerted me to this pamphlet on H1N1 that you may want to check out.

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