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Maxicare Additional Guidelines for Influenza a (H1N1) Virus Prevention

Maxicare Additional Guidelines for Influenza a (H1N1) Virus Prevention

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 June 2, 2009
Dear Valued Member;
As we continue to be vigilant towards the
Influenza A (H1N1) Virus
, our Medical Departmenthas prepared additional guidelines on control and other prevention measures which areapplicable not only in the workplace but also at home. We at Maxicare will continue to provideyou with up-to-date data on ensuring your employeesand their dependents’ wellbeingthroughout these times.Please see the attached Annex A for our suggested
 Additional Guidelines for Influenza A(H1N1) Prevention and Control Measures
and Annex B for the most recent updates on theInfluenza A(H1N1) Virus.Should you have further inquiries or concerns, please forward them to your Corporate AccountsOfficer for proper action. Thank you very much.Sincerely,Dr. Benedicto Delgado
VP and Medical Director 
 
ANNEX AADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR INFLUENZA A H1N1 PREVENTION & CONTROLMEASURESI. Case Identification
1.
Employees who traveled to areas with confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 and whoare in close contact (ex. living in a household with a traveler) must self quarantine athome for 10 days.
1.1
Employees who remained asymptomatic after 10 days may return to workafter being issued with a fit-to-work certificate by the company physician.
1.2
Employees who developed signs & symptoms of influenza-like illness (fever,cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, chills, head/body ache, fatigue, vomiting &diarrhea) during the first 10 days of self quarantine must immediately seekconsult with a physician for proper diagnosis and medical management. A fit-to-work certificate signed by the attending physician shall be presented to theHRD upon return to work.
2.
Employees who traveled to areas not identified by the WHO to have confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 and who are not in close contact must self quarantine at home for 4days.
2.1
Employees who remained asymptomatic after 4 days may return to work afterbeing issued with a fit-to-work certificate by the company physician.2.2Employees who developed signs & symptoms of influenza-like illness (fever,cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, chills, head/body ache, fatigue, vomiting &diarrhea) during the first 4 days of self quarantine must immediately seekconsult with a physician for proper diagnosis and medical management. A fit-to-work certificate signed by the attending physician shall be presented to theHRD upon return to work.
II. Disinfection Procedures
1.Employees shall disinfect their individual workstations (table, telephones, and otherfrequently touched objects) with alcohol at least twice a day.2.Housekeeping personnel shall clean and disinfect the workplace using appropriatechemical disinfectants (chlorine bleaching solution and 1:100 phenol baseddisinfectant) at least once a day. Commonly-touched surfaces like door knobs, railings,etc… shall be disinfected as frequent as possible.
3.
Housekeeping personnel shall wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipments (ex.masks, disposable gloves) while disinfecting the workplace.
4.
 The air conditioning filters shall be inspected monthly and replaced immediately whennecessary. If filters must be re-used, it should be cleaned and disinfected.
 
III. Proper Handwashing Procedures
Source: http://mtsc.usps.gov/pdf/mmo/2007/mmo08707.pdf, www.who.int, www.doh.gov.ph, www.gmanews.tv 

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