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OSHA: Get ready now for flu and potential pandemics

Medical Environment Update, November 1, 2018

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  As we approach winter, we’re now in the prime season for the spread of the flu, common colds, and yes, the possibility of a pandemic striking. 

Surprise flu epidemics and other pandemics are significantly less likely because for the most part, health officials can see them coming. Still, this is a good time for healthcare workers and safety professionals to prepare—before sick patients start walking through the hospital doors.

According to OSHA, many scientists believe that since no pandemic has occurred since 1968, it is only a matter of time before another one occurs. It is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be.

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