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Each year, seasonal flu has a marked impact on businesses and employers.  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 impact the flu has on your business.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends strategies for employers to help fight the flu.

Host a flu vaccination clinic.  One of the most important steps for preventing the flu is to get an annual flu vaccination.  Hosting an onsite flu shot clinic can help educate employees as well as make it easy for them to get vaccinated.  In addition to the employees, it is also very beneficial to offer the flu vaccination to employees' family members.

Educate your employees.  If you choose not to provide an onsite flu shot clinic, you can still emphasize the importance of vaccination to your employees, and educate them about local opportunities to get vaccinated.  Also, educate employees about flu prevention strategies such as covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; washing hands often; avoiding close contact with sick people; and staying home when sick.

For more information on protecting your business and employees from flu, contact your Bramlett advisor  (580) 223-7300.  You can also consult the CDC seasonal flu toolkit for more information and resources:

www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/business/Toolkit_Seasonal_Flu_For_Businesses_and_Employers.pdf.



This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice.

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