Doug Bedell — August 31, 2009, 1:48 pm

Swine Flu an Unusually Strong Fall Threat

This isn’t so much a security advisory as a health advisory, yet SecurityInfoWatch.com (via AP) is its source, so swine flue mobilization and prevention definitely has security implications.

“Unlike regular seasonal flu,” AP reports, “the H1N1 virus which causes swine flu has not retreated during the hot and humid summer months, and so far has infected more than 1 million Americans.”

Further, the World Health Organization estimates that up to two billion people worldwide could be sickened in the swine flu pandemic currently underway. So this year’s fall flu season definitely will require extra vigilance.

“About 45 million doses of swine flu vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and several other companies are expected to be available by mid-October,” AP reports. “Federal officials plan to begin shipping vaccines out to the states when they become available.”

Businesses are urged to develop their own swine flu protection/response plans. This year that will involve more than advising employees to get flu shots. Mainly, employees with flu symptoms should be advised to stay home. And work areas should be kept clean with hand sanitizers and other cleanliness supplies readily available.

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