Nearly 111 million workdays are lost every year due to influenza according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is not surprising once you consider how infectious the flu is. Unfortunately, the fact that most employees are in an enclosed space and in close proximity with one another for eight hours a day makes it easy for the flu to spread.
You can help your employees avoid catching the flu by taking advantage of flu vaccination programs offered by occupational health services such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group. These flu shots for work can easily cut down the instances of influenza in the workplace, especially if you are able to achieve a vaccination rate of 100 percent—something that can be difficult due to prevalent myths about the flu vaccine:
Myth 1: The flu shot gives you the flu
The flu vaccine definitely does not cause someone to come down with the flu. Although the influenza virus is present in the vaccine, the virus is already dead. This means one cannot come down with the flu due to the vaccine.
Myth 2: You don’t need the shot every year
Influenza evolves at a blistering pace. Each year, new strains of the virus appear. This is why it is important that your employees receive the flu vaccine every year. Additionally, any previous employee flu shots help prevent employees from succumbing to recurring strains of influenza.
Myth 3: Healthy people don’t catch the flu
Even people at the peak of physical health can contract the flu. Being a gym rat does not grant anyone immunity from influenza, but it does help their ability to recover faster and experience milder symptoms. Regardless, even healthy people need to get a flu shot not just to protect themselves, but also to protect others who are incapable of receiving flu shots, such as those who have allergies to the vaccine.
Myth 4: It’s too late to get a flu shot
Flu season may be coming to an end soon, but that does not mean it’s too late to get the 2015 version of the flu vaccine. The flu season may be ending, but it is still possible to catch the flu at any time. Don’t forget that every flu shot administered is an added layer of protection. On the same note, many occupational health services offer the flu vaccine year round.
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