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Preventing the flu in the workplace

Even though Covid-19 is on the forefront of everyone’s mind, it is imperative not to forget about ‘the flu.’

Each year, the influenza virus comes through schools, businesses, and homes like a storm. It does not discern – it tries to infect as many people as it can. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2023-2024 alone, the flu has caused 20-39 million illnesses and 9.2-18 million medical visits. And those figures only measure the human toll, they don’t capture sick hours, callouts, lost school days or working days.

Person with a sign that says "Flu"The CDC also has advice for preventing the spread of the flu in the workplace, including:

1. Stay home when sick. Stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone without fever-reducing medicine like Tylenol.
2. Stay at least 3 feet away from people who are sick. Seek alternative ways to participate in meetings, like remoting in or using conferencing software.
3. Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then washing hands as soon as possible afterward.
4. Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
5. Clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, including desks, doorknobs, railings, computer keyboards, phones, and toys.
6. Stay prepared and informed. Get a seasonal flu vaccine, when available. Stay informed about the flu in your area. Know employer’s sick leave policy and communicate with workplace personnel about sickness.

If you have concerns about your teammates and spread of the flu, rest assured that occupational medicine focuses on workplace safety in all workplaces. From physical exams to ideas that help establish a culture of safety, Jet Medical Center’s staff of physicians can help provide services to your team at our office or your work site. Call, click, or message us today to put our expertise to work for you and your business.

 

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Jet Medical Center® is a leading provider of occupational medicine services in the Tallahassee area. We develop, with our client partners, a customized healthcare plan to fit your company’s needs today and into the future.

Our experienced staff of clinicians provides excellent medical care and understands the Worker’s Compensation system and its impact on your company’s financial health. Your employees will have less downtime with less complications reducing overall medical costs.

 

 

 

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