With the 2016-2017 flu season here, it’s important to make sure your business has a plan to fight the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months or older get the flu shot, and studies show that the vaccine can help reduce the risk by 50 to 60 percent.
Direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for the flu are estimated to be around $10 billion in the U.S. alone, according to the CDC. To ensure the health of your employees during this flu season, your business should consider two strategies.
The first strategy is to host an onsite flu vaccination clinic for employees. This offers a no cost or low-cost option to your employees and helps stress the importance of the health of your employees. The second strategy is to encourage your employees to get their flu shot in the community. Be sure to inform employees where they can get the vaccine, such as at their doctor’s office, pharmacies, clinics, even some retail stores. A helpful tool to aid in this effort is the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
For the 2016-2017 flu season, the CDC recommends against using the nasal spray flu vaccine due to questions about its effectiveness. The new vaccine has been updated to better match the most common strains that have been circulating around. Additionally, the CDC’s recommendation for people with egg allergies has changed.
In addition to getting the flu shot, you and your employees can also help stop the spread of germs by following these preventative actions from the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with sick people, and if you are sick yourself, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- If you experience flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.
It’s important to remember that even healthy people can get the flu. Be sure to get your flu shot before Thanksgiving to stay healthier during this year’s flu season.
For more information, contact McGrath Insurance Group at 508-347-6850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.