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Investing in the Influenza Vaccine

Offer the vaccine at work to protect employees

  • By Kelly Hefti, senior director of Sanford Employee Health Services
  • Oct 31, 2017

Flu season is an important time of year to invest in protecting the health of your employees. Supporting the vaccination of your workforce will help guard your company and community from the influenza virus.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus with the potential to cause symptoms including coughing, sore throat, fever, headache, body pain and fatigue. It can lead to the development of serious, sometimes fatal complications. Influenza should not be confused with the stomach flu. The influenza vaccine provides protection against several variations of the influenza virus.

Even people who consider themselves to be healthy can get the flu, but those at greater risk are children, older people, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions. The flu virus can spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Another person can be infected through the air or by touching a shared item. Employees with the flu miss three to five workdays on average, using sick leave and decreasing productivity.

Estimates of the number of flu cases and flu-related deaths vary greatly due to reporting laws. However, during the most recent peak season (October through May), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that the number of flu cases in the U.S. may have been greater than 500,000 with deaths numbering in the tens of thousands.

Offering the vaccine in the workplace makes it convenient for employees to get immunized. More vaccinated employees means less spreading of the flu.

For more information, please contact Sanford Health OccMed at (888) 600-2378

Sanford OccMed’s comprehensive program is tailored to your business’ needs and is backed by Sanford’s team of medical specialists.

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