HR Brief – November 2017

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Flu Season is Here: Is Your Business Prepared?

The fall and winter months signal the arrival of peak flu season. While the seasonal flu viruses can be detected throughout the year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the majority of cases occur between December and February.

Each year, seasonal influenza has a marked impact on employers. Seasonal flu can cause increased absenteeism, decreased productivity and higher health care costs. As an employer, you are well-positioned to help keep your employees healthy and minimize the flu’s impact on your business. The CDC recommends the following strategies for employers to help fight the flu.

Host a Flu Vaccination Clinic

One of the most important steps for preventing the flu is to get an annual flu vaccination. Hosting an on-site flu vaccination clinic can help educate employees about the importance of vaccination, and make it easier for them to get vaccinated.

Educate Your Employees

If you are unable to or choose not to provide an on-site flu vaccination clinic, you can still emphasize the importance of vaccination to your employees, and educate them about local opportunities to get vaccinated. In addition, educate employees about flu prevention strategies, including the following:

  • Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water (or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
  • Avoiding contact with sick people
  • Staying home from work when sick, and limiting contact with others

By taking the appropriate steps, you can prepare your business for flu season. For more information, consult the CDC’s seasonal flu business website.