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Study: Businesses not prepared for health or economic effects of flu pandemic

OSHA Healthcare Connection, December 19, 2005

U.S. businesses take the threat of an influenza pandemic seriously, but two-thirds of U.S. companies believe they have inadequately planned to protect themselves in the event of an outbreak, according to a December 2 survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

"American businesses are beginning to recognize that a pandemic flu outbreak would present a clear and present danger to their employees, their operations, and their bottom lines," said Tommy G. Thompson, chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Respondents indicated that employee telecommuting was one option to coping with a pandemic with 60% agreeing to allow or increase telecommuting opportunities, 11% declining, and 29% undecided.

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