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Pandemic Influenza Planning

Union Pacific Railroad initiated a cross-departmental pandemic planning team in 2005 and has developed business continuity plans for the possibility of an influenza pandemic.  A Core Team of Health & Safety professionals has been established to respond to H1N1.  As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent H1N1 related illness, UP is actively monitoring the illness and updating employees with action items based on the Center of Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

The National Institute of Health defines it as a virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person.    

By comparison:

Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available.

Avian (or bird) flu (AI) is caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally among wild birds. Low pathogenic AI is common in birds and causes few problems. Highly pathogenic H5N1 is deadly to domestic fowl, can be transmitted from birds to humans, and is deadly to humans. There is virtually no human immunity and human vaccine availability is very limited.

The resources we are using to build our business plans include:

We value your business and our plans include continued service to your firm.  As with our responses to other natural disasters, specific local conditions may create challenges to our ability to support you.  We invite you to discuss your own business' pandemic influenza plans with local UPRR managers.