There has been a notable rise in the number of people who have been admitted to hospital this winter, with severe flu.
Is swine flu still a pandemic?
In August 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the H1N1 influenza pandemic was over, and that the world was in a ‘post-pandemic period’. It cautioned that ‘based on experience with past pandemics, we expect the H1N1 virus to take on the behaviour of a seasonal flu virus and continue to circulate for some years to come‘. The WHO also anticipated that ‘localised outbreaks’ showing ‘significant levels of H1N1 transmission’ may occur. Post-pandemic periods can be unpredictable, and continued monitoring of cases worldwide is important.
During the peak weeks, employee absence rates for illness (themselves or looking after ill children) may reach 12 per cent of the workforce – this is in addition to normal holiday absence.
Is your organisation set-up to cope with high levels of staff absences?
If you are looking for business resilience across a wider range of risks, you should adopt the business continuity best practice standard, BS25999.
BS25999, the Business Continuity Standard, is of real importance to everyone from Board directors, corporate executives and IT managers through to facilities managers and business continuity professionals. Service disruptions, delays in responding to customer requests, inability to process transactions in a timely manner or being unable to resume business in the face of a disaster can all have significant impacts on an organisation’s effective operation.
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