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Is your company ready for flu season this winter?

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

‘Tis the season for the flu. And it will likely be a long season.

In the U.S., flu outbreaks can start happening as early as October and last as late as May. Every year, different strains of the virus affect patients, making it difficult for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to predict severity.

Flu season presents a problem for businesses. Even though most working-age people do not face a high risk of serious complications, coming down with the flu can still leave them bedridden for days. This can significantly reduce productivity in the workplace, especially if someone in the office is contagious and infects others within a short span of time. The CDC estimates that the flu causes a loss of 17 million workdays each year in the U.S., costing $87 billion.

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It's up to employers to develop preventive strategies for their workforces. They can adjust their leave and work-from-home policies to ensure that workers who fall ill don't feel obligated to come into the office. Most importantly, every employee should receive an annual flu vaccine. Health professionals consider this the best way to prevent the disease, and the vaccine can even be offered at work for those who do not visit the doctor on a regular basis. 

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Christine Tricoli is manager of Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2004. She is responsible for developing new business relationships with key business leaders, plan sponsors and the brokerage community. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Christine was a senior sales account executive for a major health insurance company in the Houston market. She brings more than 30 years of experience in managed healthcare in Houston. Christine holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Group 1 Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Topics: flu season, flu, Flu shot

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