Protecting Your Workforce from the Flu: A Discussion Between CSX and CDC

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There are actions every business can take to protect its workforce from influenza. Hosting a flu vaccination clinic in your workplace, for example, is a cost-effective service that can translate to a healthier workforce and lower health care costs. Companies like CSX, which has a workforce of more than 31,000 employees across a 21,000-mile rail network, consider CDC to be an important partner in their flu prevention efforts. Learn more from Dr. Tom Neilson, chief medical officer of CSX and Dr. Dan Jernigan, deputy director of CDC’s Influenza Division, as they discuss lessons learned, best practices and recommendations for the 2014–2015 flu season.

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CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan


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CSX’s Dr. Tom Neilson


What steps should CSX and other businesses take to prepare for flu season?

When should employees be vaccinated?

Many employees believe the flu vaccine can give them the flu. Is this a misconception or a fact? 

How does flu preparedness impact employee productivity?

Many CSX employees work outside in all weather conditions or travel frequently for business. Are there special actions vulnerable employees should consider for flu preparedness?

> View Dr. Jernigan’s Responses


What is CSX doing to protect its workforce from influenza?  

How do those activities benefit CSX’s workforce, CSX’s partners and the general public? 

What are the biggest challenges you have faced in protecting a workforce from influenza and ensuring continuity of operations? What are the biggest successes you have had?

What direction are you taking in making plans for flu seasons down the road? 

What kind of information from CDC is helpful to you in protecting your employees from flu?

> View Dr. Neilson’s Responses