Are you and your business ready for flu season?
Peak flu season is upon us and although flu viruses are detected throughout the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most cases occur between December and February. The flu season can cause lower productivity on the job, increased rates of absenteeism, and higher healthcare costs.
Now is a great time to take preventative measures to keep your employees (and yourself) healthy and reduce the impact that several employee bouts of the flu can cause your business or organization. Following are recommended strategies from the CDC to help fight the flu:
- Provide a flu vaccine clinic for your employees – an annual flu vaccine is one of the most important steps for flu prevention. By providing a flu vaccine clinic at your place of business, or organization, it can be easier for employees to get vaccinated. Itâ€™s also a great opportunity to educate them about the importance of vaccination.
- In lieu of providing a flu vaccine clinic, you can still communicate with your employees and emphasize the importance of vaccination and flu preventing strategies:
- Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Always cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Stay home from work when sick, and limit contact with others, specifically infants under six months of age and the elderly
- Avoid contact with sick people, and stay away from others when you are not feeling well
- Keep your immune system strong by staying physically active, eating a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting plenty of sleep.
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