It’s that time of the year again! Yes, the holidays are coming, but that’s not what we’re talking about. It’s time to get your annual flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control states the flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays due to flu, at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.
The annual direct costs, such as hospital and doctor’s office visits, medications, of influenza (flu) in the United States are an estimated $4.6 billion
Don’t let your workplace suffer from these numbers. The CDC suggests that the flu shot is the best way to protect against the seasonal flu. Plus, the vaccination reduces doctors’ visits and hospitalizations for flu-related illnesses.
When is the right time to get the flu shot?
The CDC’s surveillance data from the 2017-2018 season found that flu season started at the end of October, and peaked in mid-January through mid-February. Just as you like to stay ahead of work, encourage employees to get vaccinated earlier in the season.
Who should get the flu shot?
The CDC recommends all people get the flu shot, however, these populations are particularly at-risk:
- People older than 50
- People with asthma or other respiratory conditions
- People with weak immune systems
- Women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season
- American Indians/Alaska Natives
- People with a BMI greater than 40
Did you know that Fitspot offers flu shots to our clients?
Fitspot uses a network of over 6,000 qualified and licensed medical professionals throughout the country.
You’ll pick a day and time for nurses to conduct flu shots on site. Choose either a drop-in or sign-up process.
Use our integrated wellness management tool to track the participation of employees, and offer incentives and rewards for those who get the flu shot.
We’ll do the rest of the work, including promoting flu shot vaccinations through our portal.
Keep track of this year’s flu season on CDC’s Flu View surveillance site.