5 simple steps to prevent the spread of flu in your workplace:
- Encourage employees to get vaccinated early. Since flu vaccines take two weeks to take effect[vii], it is important to get vaccines early to give the body enough time to develop antibodies.
- Consider hosting a flu vaccine clinic at your workplace, if possible.[viii] Provide resources to employees about where they can get a flu vaccine in their community.
- Advise all employees to stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines.[ix]
- Encourage hand hygiene by providing education and reminders about washing their hands.[x]
- Allow for telework if possible.[xi]
[i] https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2017/demo/p60-260.html [ii] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season.htm [iii] https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prevention-15/vaccines/fact-sheet-vaccines [iv] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm [v] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm [vi] http://www.challengergray.com/press/press-releases/update-2-flu-season-cost-employers-21b [vii] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm [viii] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/business/prevent-flu-workplace.html [ix] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/business/prevent-flu-workplace.html [x] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/business/prevent-flu-workplace.html [xi] https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/toolkits/pages/managingluandepidemics.aspx