Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Views How to prepare your workforce for flu season

Views How to prepare your workforce for flu season

Winter has officially arrived, and the flu season has been ramping up locally. And white it's been speculated that the vaccine may only be 10 percent effective this year, Dr. Holder says it's still a good idea to get the shot.

Employees miss an average of five workdays per year due to the flu, at a cost of about $200 per person for each lost day. "Last year we saw in the United States 110 pediatric deaths from flu". So it's important to take preventative measures. For more information on influenza: here. Some healthcare companies offer this option as part of a worksite wellness program in which they administer flu shots and provide educational materials.

Their findings echo the report last week from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said that the flu was surging around the country.

Also, washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, may help to avoid the flu.

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While over-the-counter medications are certainly the most popular and hassle free way of battling that pesky flu virus, the flu vaccine is also an option that many opt for during this susceptible time.

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Fact: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu.

One preventative step is trying to avoid close contact with people who are sick if possible.

"Even that's better than not having any protection".

It's too late to get vaccinated.

"Many healthy people that get the flu say it feels like they have been hit by a train", Mallory Swartzentruber, the public health educator for the Daviess County Health Department, said.

Centegra Health System's chief medical information officer and infectious disease specialist Irfan Hafiz said it is hard to predict how flu seasons might play out. As always, the earlier the better. While the vaccine's effectiveness can vary from year to year depending on what strain is going around, research continues to support the recommendation that working adults should get vaccinated every fall.

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