THE FLU SEASON
The Flu season is generally regarded as being during the winter months December to March. The tell-tale signs are quite easy to spot - employees coughing, spluttering and sneezing. But these are often the signs of a cold. Not the flu.
Influenza, to give it its proper name, is a respiratory illness like a cold but can be far more serious. Those affected talk about being 'hit by a tonne of bricks' or 'knocked for six'. Influenza often leaves sufferers bed-bound for at least two weeks. As a result, employees are absent from work for an extended period of time and businesses' productivity and profitability can really suffer.
HIT FOR 6
- 1At least 10% of your workforce will get it.
- 2It's not like a cold. Flu will floor them for at least 2 weeks.
- 3Absenteeism and loss of productivity will impact seriously on your bottom line.
- 4Employees may feel pressurised to return to work still fatigued.
- 5The flu jab takes up to 12 weeks to become fully effective.
- 6Wait until the flu season starts and vaccines may run out.
COLD OR FLU - HOW CAN YOU TELL?
Both the common cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Colds are usually milder and people often suffer from a runny/stuffy nose. Employees will often battle through a cold and come into work.
Flu symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches, muscle/joint pain and extreme fatigue. It can be very serious, especially for those with any underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease.
The £50 test. One way to tell the difference is to ask an employee what they would do if a £50 note was lying in the garden. Do they feel well enough to get out of bed and pick it up? If they do, it's probably a cold. Those with flu will not be interested.
BHSF ON-SITE FLU JABS
BHSF's flu initiative 'Knocked for Six' enables employers to offer their employees a flu jab. Research has shown that it probably reduces the chances of getting flu by about 80%.
For a small daily fee, we will come out to your company and organise a pop-up clinic for vaccinations, given by our highly trained nurses. Employees need only be away from their desks for around 10 minutes, rather than taking 10 days off if they catch flu. Employees can also pop into one of our local clinics around the country at an agreed time and date for a jab.
BOOK EARLY TO GUARANTEE NOT MISSING OUT
The flu jab takes 12 weeks to become properly effective, so it should be given during September. Demand is always very high and vaccines can run out, so book early to guarantee your employees receiving their shot.
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