CLAYTON — The St. Louis County Department of Health is encouraging employers to begin preparing for a flu season that could have many workers out sick.
The health department said a combination of seasonal flu and the new H1N1 flu could result in high absenteeism. County Executive Charlie Dooley urged employers to begin developing a plan now for any illness-related disruptions in their work force.
County health director Dr. Dolores Gunn said customers and employees should have easy access to soap and water and sanitizers for hand washing.
Gunn said it's better to give sick workers a few extra days off than have them return too early and risk infecting others.