Every businessperson does what they can to protect their company. Strategic planning is a part of every move to ensure the likelihood of success. Insurance provides all sorts of protection. But even so, we sometimes forget to protect our most valuable resources – our people. People are the backbone of any organization. In today’s economy each person can be mission critical in carrying out the effective operations of any business, large or small.
Earlier this year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) declared an epidemic of whooping cough (Pertussis), a highly contagious bacterial illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Transmission can also occur indirectly through touching contaminated shared surfaces in common areas. The work environment is a potential place for Pertussis to spread quickly.
Although Pertussis most significantly impacts the health of infants and children; adults who get infected with the bacteria can potentially be off work for months due to severe coughing attacks. Employees may also spread infection to their children, who can become severely ill. The employee may require time to care for their family and need to take time away from work.
In response to the high levels of Pertussis in the community, the CDPH is recommending that all Californians make sure that they are immunized against this disease, especially if they are in contact with infants and children. Many adults may require “booster” vaccinations to achieve immunity.
The Tdap vaccine which became available in 2005 offers the best protection against whooping cough. The threat of Pertussis affecting employees and the potential effect on businesses is clear. Vaccination is the best defense against whooping cough.
- Dr. Minh Q. Nguyen, Area Medical Director
Our own Dr. B demonstrates how easy – and relatively painless – it is to get a flu shot. Watch:
As the mercury soared this week in many areas around the country, our Dr. B was on ABC 15 Phoenix’s Sonoran Living where he discussed the symptoms of heat illness and what measures you need to take if you start experiencing them. You can watch it here.
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California now finds itself with hundreds of Medical Marijuana Dispensing Clinics and is set to vote on legalizing it completely in November.
Yet its citizens still lose jobs over marijuana positive drug screens.
So is a Medical Marijuana Card a “Get out of Jail Free Card”; or is it worth about as much as me giving you permission not to pay your taxes?
The only straight forward part of this is the law. It starts with the Federal Government, and the DEA. Marijuana is still listed as a Class 1 drug with LSD, Heroin and several others. That means a doctor can’t prescribe marijuana under federal law. Despite all arguments, unless that changes the whole California initiative may be a bit of a moot point.
Marijuana is compared to alcohol all the time. But this is fundamentally a false comparison. Alcohol does a lot of bad things, but is a legal drug.
The big difference between alcohol and marijuana is verifiability. A breath alcohol or blood alcohol test can easily determine if you are impaired by alcohol. It is inexpensive and very reliable technology. There is no way to reliably determine if someone is impaired by marijuana. And there lies the rub.
Everybody agrees marijuana distorts the sensorium, otherwise what’s the point. Right this minute most large employers, private and federal, state and local, fear most that an employee can’t be proven to be impaired or unimpaired. This uncertainty clouds this issue like uncertainty affects the stock market (negatively, with a vengeance).
So the future of marijuana is not dependent on its many physiologic effects. Rather it is dependent on the development of technology to monitor its use.
- Dr Don Bucklin, National MRO, AKA “Dr B”