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Government enlists employers’ help to contain flu

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Government officials are calling on U.S. businesses to help manage swine flu this fall by getting vaccines to vulnerable workers and encouraging employees with symptoms to stay home.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says employers should develop plans for managing both seasonal and swine flu.

Locke says businesses should encourage employees who are at-risk for swine flu to get the vaccine when it becomes available. First in line are pregnant women, health care workers and younger adults with conditions such as asthma.

Locke says: “The government can’t do this on its own … we need businesses to do their part.”

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