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Protecting your office from the H1N1 and Flu Viruses

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One of the big concerns of this flu season is keeping you office employee from spreading the flu, whether the regular seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus. One of the obvious keys to doing so is to know the symptoms and making sure your employees know the symptoms so that they will not come to work if they are experiencing them. If they don't stay home you will know when to send them home.

Symptoms of H1N1 and Flu...and How They Are Different from the Co

Symptom Cold H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus-producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

The best advice for you and your employees is to stay home until you feel better and have gone at least 24 hours without relying on medicine to break your fever.

In addition, wash your hands and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and then throw the tissue away immediately. Finally, if you have to share a small space with other people, consider wearing a facemask to help make sure you don't spread the flu to the people around you.

From IMW Consultants

You cannot stop H1N1 from infecting your community, but you can limit the losses to your business caused by a flu outbreak.
30-50% of Population Could Stay Home with Flu
An H1N1 Contingency Plan gives you the resources you need to protect your employees, customers and business, including:

  • A written plan for your business
  • The latest tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Presentations and tips to help prevent the spread of flu in your business
  • Worksheets to plan for and respond to employee and supplier absences
  • Suggested informational campaigns for both employees and customers
  • Checklists for janitorial and support services

Assure Your Customers and Employees that Your Business is Doing all it Can to Protect Them

IMW Consultants has developed a cost-effective plan that will provide you with these essential materials. Our plan can be downloaded and put into use immediately.
IMW Consultants has years of experience providing compliance and contingency plans for companies throughout the United States.

For additional information, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a useful website at


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