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It's Employee Flu Shot Time! How to Gear Up Your Office for the Flu.

Employee Flu Shot Season

Influenza, or more commonly known as the flu, has had its daunting grips on America and the World since 1918. In 1918, the influenza epidemic first occurred and took approximately 50-100 million lives. Naturally, as time has progressed, medical advances have lead us to trustworthy and effective vaccines that have trumped over these Influenza threats, leaving us healthy and strong to live our lives as we please.

When the flu season is rolling around the corner, it is always important as an employer to encourage or mandate that your employees receive a flu shot. Educating your employees about this flu season will keep your employees healthy, and save your company money due to the lack of sick days taken by employees caused by the flu. That is what we are here for; to help educate you on what information you need to know in order to keep your place of work risk free from the influenza virus.

The Flu Season

            The beginning of flu season is fairly unpredictable. It is almost impossible to detect when the virus is going to be hovering around the area in which you reside. It can begin as early as October, and most commonly occurs between the months of January and February. Therefore, in order to avoid coming in contact and extracting the flu, Doctors recommend that you receive a flu vaccination as soon as they become available in your area. The flu vaccine takes around two weeks to kick in, so it is always important to remember to get it sooner rather than later. Once you receive your vaccine it stays in your system for around three months, which keeps your body well protected and ready to fight.

The Perfect Vaccine for 2012-2013

            This year’s vaccine consists of three different components that cover the three flu strands we can expect to be roaming around this season. They make the flu vaccine based off of what influenza viruses are being found and how they are spreading worldwide. There are currently 146 to 149 million doses of the vaccine being made. These influenza strands include…

  1. H1N1 – Occurred in 2009.
  2. H3N2- Occurred in 2011.
  3. B- Occurred in 2010.

Tips to Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Here are some ways to keep you at low risk from getting the flu.

 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces such as, telephones, computer equipment, etc, clean. 
  • Try not to use a coworker's phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
  • Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with coworkers and others who may be ill.

The Most Important Tip Of Course Is…

Get Your Flu Shot Today!