Businesses Prepare To Battle Swine Flu

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

There's a new goal in addition to getting people employed at Capital Area Michigan Works, keeping people healthy.

"Precautions are in place to help minimize the risk for swine flu," Kate Tykocki of Michigan Works explains.

Every computer key, mouse, and telephone has the potential of spreading swine flu in a hurry. And now Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and reminders to wash your hands consume nearly every desktop in the building.

It's all after Dr. Dean Sienko and the Ingham County Health Department met with businesses across the county to get a plan together that will stop swine flu in its tracks.

It's not the large employers that are generating concern, Sienko says he's worried about the smaller businesses, the kind of place that would be crippled if a lot of people called off.

"If there is a small office and a couple of employees are out, that could reduce activity, it could even close offices," he says.

So what's the solution?

"Working from home, you know we do a lot of work on a computer these days, you can access that at home, you can stay at home and still be productive," Sienko explains.

But that won't work for everyone-- so some business owners are strongly suggesting the swine flu shot, and to use sick days wisely, because there won't be any added.

In the meantime, common sense will keep everyone healthy, as we await the vaccine's arrival. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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