Seasonal Flu in the Workplace: NIOSH Flu-related Work

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NIOSH Flu-related Work

Influenza is a contagious respiratory viral infection caused by influenza viruses. While the impact of flu varies, it places a substantial burden on the health of working people in the United States each year.

To lessen flu risks at work, NIOSH does surveillance, Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs), and research.

  • Surveillance helps detect the flu earlier, and by analyzing data and monitoring trends, it shows what efforts best prevent the flu.
  • The HHE program responds to requests from employers, employees, and union representatives to evaluate work-related issues that involve the flu. HHE reports help identify ways to reduce worker risks.
  • Research topics, such as how the flu spreads and respiratory protection, lead to more knowledge about workplace issues involving the flu.

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