Flu Season Safety

Flu Season Safety

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This safety training tip topic is flu season safety.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

It is estimated that in the United States, each year on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, typical seasonal flu outbreaks cost employers some $10.4 billion in hospitalization and outpatient visits– that number doesn’t include the costs related to the worker being away from the job and lost productivity.

The precise timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but activity often begins to increase in October, peak between December and March, and last as late as May.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

Those are the symptoms, but what can you do to help prevent contracting the flu?

Another precaution you can take is by getting a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

Staying healthy is also important:

Encourage workers not to bring the flu into work and spread the illness to workers and to of course understand and comply with organizational policies for sick leave.

We hope you gained a safety training skill today. Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.

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