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#114956 - 12/06/07 06:26 PM Anyone having flu now?
picard120 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 763
I have some sort of flu. Do you guys have flu this month? I have regular headache. My head feels dizzy.

I read on CNN news that employers expect workers to show up to work even when they have influenza. Do US employers enforce attendance policy even though people have really sick from the flu?

#114968 - 12/06/07 07:41 PM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: picard120]
paramedicpete Offline

Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
That question is very broad in nature and the answer will vary amongst employers. Depending upon the company’s sick leave policy, size of business, number of employees, nature of job and type of business as well as other factors, employees may or may not have to report for work. Our work place encourages sick employees to stay home if they belive they are sick with an infectious agent (flu) and even has a Fitness for Duty Policy, in which the employee’s supervisor can have the employee report to our Medical Services (MS) for a fitness for duty evaluation. If MS feels the employee is not fit for duty or posses a health threat to others, the employee can be sent home and will even drive the employee home if there are not fit to do so, but then again we are a large facility with over 2,000 employees.

Keep in mind, that once the signs and symptoms start to appear, you are generally already infectious have been exposing others for anywhere from 1 day to a week.


#114988 - 12/06/07 11:22 PM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: paramedicpete]
Stretch Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 707
Loc: Alamogordo, NM
I've had a cold sore or two in my mouth for a week. Everybody I know is coming down with something. I'm not so sure it's the flu as it probably ranges from the common cold to the flu....depending on the area and the people. I haven;t had a cold in so long I'm not really sure what it'll feel like, IF this one matures, that is.

#114996 - 12/07/07 12:11 AM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: Stretch]
CJK Offline

Registered: 08/14/05
Posts: 568
Loc: FL, USA
There's strep throat running through my son's 3 rd grade class. (Florida).....so far we're ok.

#114998 - 12/07/07 12:28 AM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: CJK]
Nicodemus Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
I had a virus or something earlier this week that lasted for about a day and a half, complete with vomiting until the dry heaves had me in full body pain.

The worst part was trying to stay hydrated because moments after liquid hit my stomach it wanted to come back out.

As for work, I'm self employed so when I called in sick, I knew I wasn't faking. smile
"Learn survival skills when your life doesn't depend on it."

#115005 - 12/07/07 01:41 AM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: picard120]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
My wife has it now - I had it last week, the kids the week before that...

My boss wants us to stay home, I've had bosses that want you to go in.
73 de KG2V
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#115022 - 12/07/07 03:47 AM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: picard120]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Nope. Got a flu shot about six weeks ago, felt crappy for a few days after that, then went to my usual happy self...

#115025 - 12/07/07 05:13 AM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: OldBaldGuy]
CityBoyGoneCountry Offline

Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 369
Got my flu shot 2 weeks ago... didn't phase me a bit.

#115032 - 12/07/07 12:40 PM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: picard120]
Blitz Offline
Gear Junkie

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 535
Loc: MA
That’s exactly why I like to keep my Blood-Alcohol level as high as possible. crazy Helps to kill off those nasty viruses. sick Actually when I woke up this morning I had a sore throat and just felt miserable. This is the first time in years I've been even remotely sick.

#115040 - 12/07/07 02:20 PM Re: Anyone having flu now? [Re: picard120]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078
I have some sort of flu. Do you guys have flu this month? I have regular headache. My head feels dizzy.

Have you checked for Carbon Monoxide posioning, especially at this time of year?

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