When employees get their flu shots, it’s good for business. They’re less likely to miss work from illness, or get other employees or guests sick.
And this year, more than ever, it’s important because it’s so hard to tell the flu apart from COVID, so employees sick with the flu might have to stay out for longer periods of time until they can be tested for both flu and COVID to determine which it is, or until they recover. That translates to a lot of missed work and a lot of sick people.
The flu shot works - you’re much less likely to get the flu if you’ve had the flu shot. It’s also safe - millions of people get the flu shot each year.
First and foremost, if you’re able to host a vaccination drive, where employees can come to a specific location and get a flu shot, that’s far and away the best way to ensure employees do get flu shots.
There are ways to do that safely this year - with scheduled time slots to avoid long lines, social distancing, and PPE. If this option is one you can still arrange, we highly recommend it.
Even if an on-site drive isn’t in the cards for this year, there are other ways that you can encourage your employees to get flu shots.
It’s hard to emphasize how important it will be for our healthcare system, for our business, and for our individual employees to ensure that there isn’t a very bad flu season coinciding with COVID this year. Encouraging employees to get their flu shot is an easy, tangible way that you can help prevent what Dr. Art Liang of the Immunization Action Coalition calls the “twindemic.”