Limit Spreading the Flu in Your Workplace

This year’s flu has spread rapidly, claimed a record amount of lives, and accounted for a large amount of employee sick days. It’s been observed that by the end of the flu season, businesses across the United States could be cost nearly $10 billion collectively.

2017-2018 Flu Season

H3N2 Strain

This year, a particularly aggressive strain of the flu virus has taken hold; it’s known as H3N2. Vaccines are grown in eggs and, somehow, this vaccine became mutated and is the overall effectiveness of the vaccines may only be around 30 percent this year. The average rate of recovery time is about four business days, that’s at least 32 hours of work lost, and about $832 lost per employee (for the average employee who makes $26/hour.)

Don’t Go to Work

So, as you can guess, employers tend to have the mindset of “If you’re not dying, you can come to work.” When it comes to any infectious disease, even if you haven’t made it to the doctor yet, it is highly advised that you do not go to work. If you feel it necessary, work at a reasonable pace from home, but remember to take care of yourself and get plenty of rest. If every employee who contracts the flu go into work, the prospective outlook for days and money lost could easily double.

Limit Spread of the Virus:

  • Provide hand sanitizer;
  • Limit crowded meetings;
  • Expand telecommuting;
  • Institute flexible leave for parents and student employees.

You Can Still Get a Flu Shot

A flu shot that may only be 30% effective could be the difference between getting sick and staying healthy, as it’s better than 0%. Flu season reaches its peak in early February, so you still have time to get vaccinated before the bulk of it hits.

If your business is in need of flu shots, please contact Test Smartly Labs today.

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