3 Common Myths About Flu Shots for Employees
Flu season is coming around again. It begins in October and lasts through May—so at WCS we consider the summer an important time to learn the facts about the flu, which causes Americans to miss millions of workdays each year (and certainly isn’t any fun for those who get it, either).
Misconceptions about flu shots are almost as common as the flu itself. Since the flu season is long and vaccines dramatically reduce people’s chances of getting sick, it’s important to know the truth and take positive steps to prevent contraction.
Myth #1: The flu shot can cause the flu.
It’s a popular myth that getting the flu vaccine will actually give you the flu, but this is not the case. Some people who receive the vaccine experience soreness in their arm and others get low-grade fevers or aches. These minor side effects do not last long and are not the same thing as the flu, which is significantly more debilitating.
Myth #2: Employees who got the flu shot last year don’t need it again.
For best results, employees need vaccines every year to protect them during the upcoming flu season. Even when the viruses don’t change from season to season, protection from the vaccine weakens over time. Flu season begins in the fall, so right now is a great time to work with us to plan an on-site flu clinic and participate in one yourself to make sure you’re covered!
Myth #3: Only kids and the elderly are at higher risk for the flu.
Think again! It is true that people over the age of 65 and under the age of 5 are in high risk groups and are more likely to have more serious complications from the flu. But it’s also true that pregnant women and people with heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and other medical conditions are at higher risk. Click here for the CDC’s comprehensive list of people who are at higher risk for flu complications.
Even people outside these criteria should still be vaccinated. Especially in offices and work sites where close, indoor working quarters mean that germs can spread fast, it makes a huge difference to have employees who are protected against the flu. The flu vaccine is recommended for the general population because it’s an effective way to prevent you (and others around you) from getting sick this season.
We’re happy to work with you to coordinate a flu clinic that meets your employees’ needs and fits your company style. Learn more about what sets our on-site flu clinics apart here.