|Novel H1N1 influenza
(September 7, 2009) The following news was
released by OSHA on September 4:
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(August 28, 2009) An updated AFA-CWA Bulletin on Novel H1N1 Flu is now available. This update provides the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the pandemic’s severity, signs and symptoms of illness, and ways that flight attendants can minimize their risks of exposing themselves to the virus. You can download the update here.
(June 11, 2009) The Associated Press this morning is reporting that the “World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years — as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 to 6 — its highest alert — after holding an emergency meeting on swine flu with its experts. The long-awaited pandemic decision is scientific confirmation that a new flu virus has emerged and is quickly circling the globe. It will trigger drugmakers to speed up production of a swine flu vaccine and prompt governments to devote more money toward efforts to contain the virus.” There will be a Live webcast of the WHO press conference at Noon EDT today, presumably to announce the change in pandemic status. What a shift to Phase 6 of the pandemic warning level will mean to Flight Attendants is unclear at this time, but stay tuned for further updates as the situation unfolds.
(May 20, 2009) The Association of Flight
Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) testified May 20th on Capitol Hill regarding concerns that
arose after a recent public health emergency and the summer travel outlook for
this year. The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation
conducted the hearing which focused on aviation consumer issues and emergency
contingency planning during public health emergencies.
Download: AFA bulletin on swine flu 31aug09.pdf