Cough, sniffles, low-energy; it’s that time of year – the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimate that 37 percent of adults received a flu vaccination for the 2018-19 season. Conducting effectiveness studies annually, the CDC estimates the flu vaccination reduces the risk of illness by 40-60 percent.
The flu season impacts our businesses; is there anything we can do to minimize the impact? The answer is, of course! For employers, the CDC recommends three key components to be proactive during the flu season in the workplace:
1. Prevent. Offer flu vaccinations onsite for your employees. Encourage employees to get themselves and their families vaccinated.
2. Promote. De-myth the misinformation about the flu vaccination for those who “think you get the flu from the flu shot,” or “they are always healthy, don’t need the shot,” or “the vaccination isn’t always effective.” The CDC website provides a wealth of information regarding the benefits and facts about the flu vaccination.
3. Stay home when sick. Employees tend to work through being ill or come back to work when they are still contagious. Proactively talk to your population about staying home when sick and not returning to work until fever-free for 24 hours. Encourage a culture of getting the appropriate amount of rest when sick.
Employers should take a proactive approach to promote a healthy flu season this year. It will help everyone feel better.