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Napolitano said this is particularly important for transportation and infrastructure companies.
"The country needs to be prepared but it also needs to be resilient," she said.
Employers also should consider allowing employees to work staggered shifts or from home if an outbreak becomes severe, the government officials said.
Workers with flu symptoms should be encouraged to stay home and remain there at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, the government recommends.
"If an employee stays home sick, it's not only the best thing for that employee's health, but also his co-workers and the productivity of the company," Locke said.
Other recommendations for companies include: keeping work areas clean, stocking up on hand sanitizers and other supplies, and sending employees home at the first sign of flu symptoms.
"In some areas there may be a lot of flu," Sebelius said. "In other areas, very little."
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