Flu season is rapidly approaching. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza – better known as "the flu" – costs the U.S. more than $87 billion each year, as well as a staggering estimate of 17 million workdays.
Despite the fact that nearly half the U.S. population gets vaccinated every year, flu-related illnesses result in the hospitalization of tens of thousands of individuals, and deaths number in the thousands.
Vaccination remains the best option for fighting off the flu, and businesses can play an active role in encouraging their employees to get the shot; in fact, many offer vaccines on-site at no cost.
This year, the CDC has published a handy guide for businesses and employers with recommended strategies to aid in prevention for your workforce. It's worth consulting, and could save your organization a bundle.