Flu season is in full swing, which means more sniffling and sneezing co-workers. Many see the flu as a minor distraction, but it can actually be very serious. This year, about 20 percent of adults are expected to catch the flu. To reduce this number, here are the two best ways to make sure the office flu doesn’t dismantle your workplace this winter.
Prevent the Office Flu
- The most important way to keep the flu out of the office is ensure that sick people stay home. Viruses like the flu can be easily spread. Especially in areas such as offices where pens, stationery and other supplies are shared among colleagues. If any employee is feeling under the weather or has any of the following symptoms, they should stay home.
Stay home if you have any of these symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Aches
Losing one employee for a day, can prevent from losing many for weeks.
2. Get a flu shot! The flu vaccination is the best protection against the virus available. Although they are running low, we are still offering them at both of our Danbury AFC Urgent Care locations.
These are considered to be the two best ways to prevent the flu in workplaces because both contribute to the phenomenon known as “herd immunity.” The protection phenomenon prevents people from catching the flu because the density of the virus is not able to become high enough to be infectious among communities of people. This “herd immunity” principle also applies to a variety of other influenzas and contagious diseases.
Experts estimate the economy will lose about $20 billion in productivity to workers who either stay home with the flu or come to work too sick to focus. With the high cost of the flu, it makes sense to take preventive measures to protect employees from the flu. Stop by our center today and get a flu shot!
Flu shots are available with no appointment necessary at AFC Urgent Care Danbury at 2 Main Street and at our newest location 100 Mill Plain Road. We’re open 7 days a week!