November 8, 2009

H1N1 Flu Preparedness

2009 FLU PANDEMIC - Many of the clients transported by paratransit and non-emergency medical transportation providers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of Swine Flu: people with conditions such as asthma, arthritis or lupus, diabetes, cancer, and heart or kidney disease. See PandemicFlu.gov for more information. To help stop the spread of the virus to clients, personnel, and the public; some organizations have developed/implemented a preparedness plan. For example, here is some of what Sacramento's Paratransit,Inc. is doing:

1. Educate staff to recognize and report any information that may be vital in preventing the exposure of viruses to passengers and each other.
2. Encourage among employees and passengers an increased use of hand sanitizer, gloves, and dust masks.
3. Buses and facility are disinfected daily with particular attention to common areas.
4. If feeling ill, passengers and employees are asked to refrain from traveling or going to work.

More information can be found here: Planning for 2009 H1N1 Influenza (A Preparedness Guide for Small Business). The following video shows what the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority been doing during this, the second wave of the pandemic.




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