Added: (Thu Dec 21 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - UK companies are being urged to introduce a 'flu crisis management programme for employees this winter.

Each year an estimated 150 million work days are lost due to 'flu related illnesses at a cost of 6.75 billion, leading to a dramatic fall in productivity and hundreds of missed orders.1

Now, to help companies minimise the risk of catching a chill, specialist Alliance Health has developed a 'flu remedy for big businesses which will not only help protect workforces but also improve the chances of recovery when a 'flu outbreak hits.

Tony Booley, Director at Alliance Health explains: "There is still a lot of confusion around about what 'flu is. It is not a common cold but a virus that can knock you flat for a week or more. Companies should be taking a look at preventing a potential crisis before the 'flu virus cripples their organisation."

The programme can be tailored to suit the particular needs of any individual company. It uses a clinically tried and tested outbreak control strategy using 'flu antivirals which can protect in two ways. Firstly as 'outbreak protection' where employees simply take a course of antivirals during the outbreak and they are protected from the start and throughout the course. Secondly as 'emergency treatment' which is used to ensure immediate treatment after 'flu symptoms have started. With a simple five day course of treatment, employees are more likely to be able to continue with their normal activities.

The 'flu crisis management programme has been enthusiastically received by a wide business sector from the police force and prison service to rail-train operators and large multinationals. The emergency package costs absolutely nothing as companies will only need to invest in the programme in the event of the products being used to prevent and control an outbreak.

Tony Booley says: "The significant and negative impact of 'flu on any organisation is often underestimated. It is a serious disease which disrupts industry and can bring the country to a standstill."

For further information, please contact Alliance Health on 0191 526 4992.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Alliance Health Ltd, based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, is owned by Directors John Dawson, Tony Booley and Sam Madden who have more than 70 years experience in the healthcare sector. The company is dedicated to developing better ways of managing influenza and to reduce its impact in the workplace. Its parent company Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd has a turnover of 6m and markets 20 drugs in the UK including Lysovir (generic name amantadine), an antiviral drug that inhibits replication of the influenza 'A' virus. More information can be sourced at www.fluprotect.com

For more information contact: Louise Esplin or Jessica Henman,
Charlton Communications, Charlton House, Old Estate Yard,
East Hendred, Oxon, OX12 8LL
Tel: 01235 862585. Fax: 01235 862589
E mail: louise@charlton.co.uk or jhenman@charlton.co.uk

1. The Consumer Health Information Centre

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