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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 591
Business and pandemic preparedness: From infection control to occupational medicine

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication3-Jun-2014

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Business and pandemic preparedness: From infection control to occupational medicine. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2013;6:591

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Business and pandemic preparedness: From infection control to occupational medicine. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Aug 14];6:591. Available from:
Dear Sir,

The problem of pandemic influenza among the worker in common work place is the topic to be discussed in occupational medicine. Focusing on this issue, the recent report on business continuity and pandemic preparedness is very interesting. [1] Rebmann et al., [1] concluded that "many US businesses lack adequate pandemic plans." Indeed, it should be the responsibility of the business owners to take prevention for their workers. This is the important topic in occupational medicine at present. However, it is usually seen that the health prevention provision to the workers is usually inadequate and considered low-quality. [2] In addition, the employee might have low education and they can have poor health care behavior. A recent report on a study among child care workers showed that most workers had poor knowledge and this could be the explanation for low influenza vaccination rate. [3] de Perio et al., [3] suggested that "employers should consider methods to maximize influenza vaccination of employees as part of a comprehensive influenza prevention program." To achieve the goal of infection control among the workers, the workers have to be educated and the business owners have to take responsibility in providing sufficient facilities to promote good health of the workers. The legislation control by specific occupation Health Act might be the tool to control the nonresponsible business.

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1.Rebmann T, Wang J, Swick Z, Reddick D, Delrosario JL Jr. Business continuity and pandemic preparedness: US health care versus non-health care agencies. Am J Infect Control 2013;41:e27-33.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Moltrasio A. The health and welfare of migrant workers as a factor in business competitiveness. G Ital Med Lav Ergon 2011;33:26-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
[PUBMED] Perio MA, Wiegand DM, Evans SM. Low influenza vaccination rates among child care workers in the United States: Assessing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. J Community Health 2012;37:272-81.  Back to cited text no. 3

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.133761

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