Flu Season Hitting Small Businesses Hard
January through March is peak flu season. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this season is particularly widespread.
According to the report, “35 states had moderate to high levels of flu cases. More than 5 percent of people seeking medical help complained of flu-like symptoms during the week ended Feb. 11, up from a baseline of 2.2 percent.”
Small businesses, which operate on lean staffs, are particularly susceptible when employees call out sick with the flu. One of the key strategies that health and HR consultants recommend to combat the virus is for business owners to encourage employees to get flu shots, if they haven’t done so already.
Last year, WCS began providing flu shots to our clients directly, using our own staff. Now is the time to start planning ahead for 2017, so contact us today to learn more. Flu clinics are often paired with biometric screenings, but we also offer standalone clinics and vouchers.
The CDC estimates that flu shots prevented approximately 5.1 million illnesses and 2.5 million flu-associated medical visits during the 2015-2016 flu season.
Other suggestions for small business owners:
- Encourage employees to telecommute from home if they are not feeling well
- Create back-up plans, designating which staffers will cover for others.
- Think in advance about arranging temporary help if needed.
Check out the other resources and information the CDC provides to keep your employees healthy through the flu season.