Seasonal flu contributes to some 17 million lost workdays and 200,000 hospitalizations every season. Each year, some 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. Employers can play an important role in preventing flu, helping protect employee health and reducing losses in productivity and revenue.
A Business Toolkit and many other resources are available for flu-fighting strategies, including:
- Free web tools
- Brochures and posters
- Resource links
- Research information
- Employee tips
- and much more
Flu vaccinations should begin soon after the vaccine becomes available, ideally by October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later. Seasonal flu outbreaks can occur as early as October, but most often peak in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to develop, people should be vaccinated before flu viruses begin spreading in their community.
For effective flu prevention, use the Take 3 Approach:
1. Get vaccinated
2. Follow preventive actions
3. Use flu antiviral drugs when prescribed.
The CDC urges all businesses to help keep employees healthy this flu season. ComplianceSigns has already had a vaccination day for our employees, and we encourage you to do the same.
- For more information, visit the CDC Seasonal Influenza page.
- Read a business case for flu vacination.
- Check weekly flu surveillance information at FluView.
- Browse Hand Washing Instructions signs at ComplianceSigns.com.