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					                              STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
                                OFFICE OF STATE PERSONNEL
                                 1331 MAIL SERVICE CENTER
                                  116 WEST JONES STREET
                                  RALEIGH, NC 27699-1331

BEVERLY EAVES PERDUE                                                         LINDA D. COLEMAN
  GOVERNOR                                                            STATE PERSONNEL DIRECTOR

                                       August 26, 2009


To:           Agency & University HR Directors

From:         Linda Coleman

Subject:      CDC Guidance on 2009 H1N1 Flu Planning and Response

The Center for Disease Control has released new guidance that recommends response and
planning actions that non-healthcare employers can take now under current flu conditions.
These actions will help promote a safer workplace environment for our employees and help
maintain continuity in the workplace during the 2009-2010 flu season. The guidance also
includes additional strategies to use if flu conditions become more severe.

The new guidance provides recommendations on ways to decrease the spread of seasonal flu
and 2009 H1N1 flu in the workplace while making sure businesses can continue to operate as
normally as possible. All state agencies should use this guidance to plan for flu now. This
guidance provides a menu of tools you can use to fight flu, in coordination with local health
officials, based on local flu conditions and on what CDC and other public health organizations
know about seasonal flu and continue to learn about the 2009 H1N1 flu virus.

Attached you will find four key documents to assist in these efforts:
     2009 H1N1 Flu Information (English & Spanish)
     CDC H1N1 action steps for employers.pdf – (one page poster/flyer for employees)
     CDC H1N1 ways you can stay healthy employees.pdf

Please share the employee flyers with all of your employees. Additional information can be
found on the Internet at

There are things employers can do now to prevent the spread of flu in the workplace and keep
their businesses operating as normally as possible. All people with flu-like symptoms should
stay home and away from the workplace. Hand-washing and respiratory etiquette should be
encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.

                   Director's Office   Phone: 919-807-4800 Fax: 919-715-9750
                                   An Equal Opportunity Employer
                                                              Agency & University HR Directors
                                                                             August 26, 2009
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During a more severe outbreak, employers should take steps to keep people physically apart to
reduce the spread of illness (called social distancing). This may include canceling business-
related meetings or large gatherings, spacing workers farther apart in the workplace, canceling
non-essential travel, and implementing teleworking strategies.

CDC and its partners will continue to monitor the spread of flu, the severity of the illness it's
causing, and whether the virus is changing. OSP will continue to work with DHHS, CCPS and
others to provide updates and further advice to state agencies. By working together, we can
protect our workforce while having a productive fall and winter.