Flu season is here. That means employees are taking sick days or coming into work coughing and sneezing, and perhaps even spreading the flu from one person to another. There are some things you can do to prevent your employees from catching the flu.
Give Flu Shots to your Employees
One of the easiest ways to keep from catching the flu is to get your flu shot. Many of your employees may not have the time to head to a clinic and get vaccinated, so why not host an on-site vaccination clinic? Contact your local pharmacy to see if there are any vaccinators who could come to your worksite.
If not, you might think about allowing employees an afternoon off, or offer them a long lunch, to head to a nearby clinic or pharmacy to get their shots.
Practice Basic Hygiene
While it’s simple, practicing basic hygiene really is the best way to keep from spreading the influenza virus. Make sure you, and your employees, wash your hands often. Make sure everyone remembers to cover their mouths when they cough. If there are no tissues around, make sure to cough into your elbow. When sneezing, grab a tissue and throw it out immediately. Having hand sanitizer available all over your office is important; this way, employees can sanitize every time they sneeze, blow their noses, or cough.
Employees should also remember to wipe down their equipment often; computer keyboards, phones, and so forth should be wiped down daily. And don’t share; make sure to remind employees not to use other employees’ phones or computers during cold and flu season to minimize the spread of germs.
Stock the Office with Flu Kits
When flu season hits, make sure to purchase flu kits for your office. Flu kits like the Quidel QuickVue Influenza A+B Flu Test will detect and differentiate the influenza type A and type B of antigens from a nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, nasal wash or from nasal aspirate specimens. If you think an employee has the flu, you can use these tests quickly to find out.
An employee can provide a single sample to be used to run both tests. This way, they will know for sure if they’ve come down with the flu, and they can put their sick days to good use!
Remember, as many as 20% of US employees will get the flu each year, but this doesn’t mean your employees have to get it. Take precautions and prevent the flu in your office; and, if the flu virus still rears its ugly head, you can use your flu kits to find it immediately and help your employees get well sooner!
Taking these measures to will help keep your entire office healthy and productive this flu season.