Flu Season Ahead

87% of employers report that sick employees who show up to work are suffering from short-term illnesses such as a cold or flu, which can be easily spread. This cuts company productivity substantially. Flu season can occur as early as August. Early immunization is the most effective, but it is not too late to get the vaccine in December, January, or beyond.

Summit Occupational Medicine offers onsite flu shots. We are also pleased to offer the “intradermal” flu vaccine this year! It has a much, much shorter needle (for those with needle-phobia) and is not injected into the muscle. It has the same efficacy as the muscular injection without the muscle soreness the next day.

To schedule OnSite Flu Shots contact us 1 (888) CLINIC-365.

I have heard of people who don’t get vaccinated against influenza in September or October because they want it to “last” through the entire influenza season. Should people wait until later in the influenza season to be vaccinated?

CDC recommends that influenza vaccination begin as soon as vaccine becomes available in the community and continue throughout the flu season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza, and influenza seasons can begin as early as October. Therefore, CDC recommends that vaccination begin as soon as vaccine becomes available to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

How Flu Spreads

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

    “While news cycles and the public’s attention span about the flu rises and wanes, the flu is not going away and most likely will only get worse this fall,” Capelli-Schellpfeffer said. “Though there is a cost involved in promoting wellness, it is small in comparison to the pricey hit companies take when their workforce is impaired by illness. A flu shot program is an investment that yields big returns for businesses.”

Implement a wellness agenda that includes an annual flu shot.

Call us to schedule your onsite flu shots.

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