U.S. employers lose millions of work days and billions of dollars in productivity to the flu each year, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. While influenza viruses are detected year-round, activity begins to increase in October and peaks during the winter months. Now is the time to put plans in place to protect your workforce and your business.
Encourage Flu Shots
If possible, plan to host an on-site flu vaccine clinic. It’s convenient for your employees and may result in more participation. Many pharmacies and wellness vendors are now able to bill the vaccine as a preventive claim (depending on the health plan), which can help save money on out-of-pocket costs for the organization. If you aren’t able to host a clinic, remind employees that flu shots are available at most local pharmacies and many other places throughout the community.
Promote Healthy Habits
In addition to promoting vaccination, encourage employees to take other steps to remain healthy, such as:
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Get enough rest
- Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated
Prevent the Spread of Flu
Remind employees to do the following:
- Stay home when ill
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
- Disinfect your work space
- Disinfect frequently touched objects (door handles, printers, vending machines, etc.)
- Share these tips with others
Need more suggestions on keeping your employees healthy? Contact your local Hylant health strategist.
The above information does not constitute advice. Always contact your employee benefits broker or trusted adviser for insurance-related questions.