However, statistical analysis employed by the CDC links the flu to 9 million to 35 million illnesses annually since 2010; to 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations annually; and to 12,000 to 56,000 deaths annually.
One of the most convenient options employers have in preventing the flu is on-site clinics.
While over-the-counter medications are certainly the most popular and hassle free way of battling that pesky flu virus, the flu vaccine is also an option that many opt for during this susceptible time. Due to the early increased activity this year, both in Kentucky and nationally, increased flu activity is anticipated to continue to several months.
The flu doesn't discriminate as to who it will infect, which is why it's important to make sure your workforce is prepared for flu season - which is now in full force.
Flu is widespread in Arizona with 2,629 more cases reported than this time a year ago, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced December 20.
"There's still a benefit to getting vaccinated because if you do get the flu, your symptoms will be milder", Troisi said.
- use a tissue when coughing and sneezing and throw tissues away after using them.
In other words, as much as 10 percent of the USA population could come down with the flu this year and tens of thousands can expect to be hospitalized, or worse. However, this year's vaccine has not proven to be extremely effective.
- avoid close contact with sick people and limit contact with others as much as possible while sick. "That generally differentiates from a flu to a cold". "So if you've been exposed to the flu and you start coming down with symptoms, then get to your health care professional and get a prescription". That means for a workforce of 250 employees, flu season could cost $250,000 in missed workdays every year.
"By protecting yourself against influenza, you are also protecting your family, your household, your workplace and ultimately your community". In most places, the shot should be available until January or February as the flu season can last months, sometimes even until May.
Ramirez adds that you can Google the nearest location where they have a stronger vaccine strain that is most indicated for older patients, and where you can find the nasal spray version for those who want to avoid needles.
It's too late to get vaccinated. However, studies have found that there is no link between vaccines containing thimerosal and ASD.
Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.
The flu shot will make me sick. These include rapid heartbeat, respiratory problems, hives, dizziness, paleness, or weakness.
The vaccine only reduces the possibility of getting the flu; it does not rule out the chance of contracting it entirely. "It is a virus, and so you know, it can come it waves".