While the nation is seeing a sharp increase in flu activity, health experts warn this year's flu vaccine could be as little as 10 percent effective.
Employees miss an average of five workdays per year due to the flu, at a cost of about $200 per person for each lost day.
During the 2016-17 flu season, the number of cases in Mohave County spiked from December 18 to December 31, 2016. And, with between 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations from the flu each year, adopting preventative steps to cut your company's exposure is vitally important for your employees' health and your bottom line. Clinicians should not wait for lab-confirmation of flu before prescribing treatment for these patients, and it may be useful to provide phone triage to streamline diagnosis and treatment.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state has reached widespread status, meaning cases of the flu have been confirmed in pretty much every community across the state. Most flu vaccines protect against strains that are only respiratory in nature.
Ramirez says the workplace is one of the most common places where the flu virus can spread.
He added that if people think they have the flu, they need to see a doctor as soon as possible.
People who haven't received flu vaccines, particularly those at risk for complications related to flu, including children, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, still have time to get vaccinated.
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People can get the flu vaccine from local providers. Across the country and here, in Delmarva, the flu most often peaks in January and February, making this is the ideal time to get vaccinated.
Fact: Getting the flu shot, even later in the season, can still be beneficial. However, don't wait too long. As always, the earlier the better.
"Flu is really variable", she said.
Flu seasons are highly unpredictable since the influenza virus can mutate and it's hard to gauge which flu strain will dominate in any given year. However, people with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (which include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) can not or may require a different strain of the shot. "A lot of people are getting together".
Armed with this knowledge, I encourage you to get vaccinated and to talk about the benefits of vaccinations with your friends and loved ones.
Of course, there's always room for simple, yet effective prevention practices for the entire workforce.