5 Things to Know About Fighting Flu in the Workplace

1. The Cost. The financial impact of flu season is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. The CDC also estimates the burden of flu-related hospitalization costs at more than $10.4 billion per year. 

2. The CDC's Recommendation. For any company looking to reduce health care costs and improve worker productivity, Flu vaccines can be a shot in the arm. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October, if possible. 

3. The Opportunity. At Adams-Keegan, we see flu shots as an often underplayed benefit that pays great dividends. By paying for all or part of the costs, employers can send a positive message to employees. It tells employees that you care about them and their health. 

4. The Game Plan. Many employees intend to get flu shots but don’t follow through because of their busy lives. We advise employers to host vaccination clinics. When you invite a nurse to the workplace to give flu shots you eliminate the obstacles that can keep employees from getting a flu vaccine. And if you invite employees to bring their partners and children in for vaccines, you’re extending your line of defense and showing that you care about your workers’ families.

5. The Resources. The CDC has information and communication programs to help businesses fight the flu. These include posters and graphics to promote a vaccination day or clinic at your workplace. You can find those resources here.