Employers: Help Your Employees By Providing Flu Shots

It’s that time of year again – time for FLU SHOTS!

In 2010, experts decreed that everyone older than 6 months of age needs to get a flu shot. The flu is a common virus that impacts nearly 20% of Americans each year (according to CDC.) Many people experience different side effects but the flu virus usually brings about nausea, diarrhea, high fever, exhaustion, and soreness. These symptoms can knock out an employee for days, if not weeks. 

Flu Shots in the Workplace

How does a Flu Shot Work?

Many people are still wary of the flu shot, even though the vaccine has been around for 80 years. However, as the number of flu cases grows every year, the CDC strongly recommends that people get the shot.

Every year, researchers hypothesize which flu strains will develop. They work on a shot that injects flu-fighting antibodies into the body. Roughly two weeks after the flu shot is given, your body starts to reproduce those antibodies. This process protects people well throughout flu season which can run from October through May, with the height of the season in December. It’s an urban myth that you get the flu from a flu shot. In reality, you receive flu-fighting antibodies from a flu shot.

Why Employees Need Flu Shots

Employers should consider hosting a flu shot day at the workplace. Some employers even offer complimentary flu shots for employees with the option of getting their family vaccinated as well.

Offering flu shots for employees and their families can help your workforce follow the CDC’s recommendations and advice while also creating a happier, healthier workplace. The flu can spread easily and quickly and must be kept out of the workforce. Once an employee has the flu, they may miss several days of work and important deadlines. Flu shots can lower the risk of being impacted by the flu at work, and keep your employees healthy and productive.

On-Location or OnSite Flu Shots in Kansas City

If you’re interested in encouraging all employees to have a flu shot, Test Smartly Labs can come to you! We can administer flu shots from any of our 5 Kansas City labs or onsite at your workplace. We’ll bring our team of certified lab technicians to safely and quickly administer the shots.

We strongly recommend looking at the CDC’s website for more information about the importance of flu shots.

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