The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most deadly in four decades, resulting in approximately 80.000 deaths. And, the Center for Disease Control reported that 183 children died from the flu.
Newborns and children up to 5 years old are considered at highest risk for complications, as are pregnant women, those over 65 and patients with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
Complications of the flu can include pneumonia, sinusitis, ear infections, dehydration, as well as worsening of long-term problems such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes. A severe case of the flu could also lead to sepsis, or infection in the bloodstream, which can lead to organ failure, brain dysfunction and death.
Each year, seasonal influenza has a marked impact on employers. The seasonal flu can cause increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and higher health care costs. As an employer, you are well-positioned to help keep your employees healthy and minimize the flu’s impact on your business.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following strategies for employers to help fight the flu:
- Host a flu vaccination clinic. Doing so can help educate employees about the importance of vaccination, and make it easier for them to get vaccinated.
- Educate employees. Emphasize the importance of getting the flu vaccine and educate employees on common flu prevention strategies.
Also, sticking to your Wellness Rewards Program also has benefits for long-term and year-round maintenance, and can help fight off the flu and much more!