Business Virtual Toolkit

Chances are that Patient Zero is in your building right now.

You know, Patient Zero: the first person in your organization to contract the flu. The one who will likely unknowingly give it to your customers and/or members of your staff.

The one who could even die, because flu can and does kill people, especially children.

In addition to the human cost, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that up to 111 million workdays are lost every year because of the flu (influenza) at an estimated $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.

What steps should businesses take to prepare for flu season?

  • Employers and supervisors can lead by example, by getting vaccinated themselves and encouraging their staff to do the same.
  • Educate employees about flu vaccine through in-house communications tools like newsletters, emails or paycheck inserts. 
  • Offer access to vaccination on-site—either free or at cost—to employees. Ask your employer insurance company or local pharmacy for referrals. 
  • Remind employees to take everyday preventive steps like staying home and away from others when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands to reduce the spread of germs. Businesses can help employees interrupt the spread of flu through leave policies that encourage these behaviors.
  • Stock up! Are bathrooms stocked with soap and sanitizer? Are your janitorial crews equipped with wipes and other antibacterial cleaning tools to stop germs on the surface? And are your staff members given the right technology and access to work from home if they’re ill? Evaluating your supplies before flu season and stocking up where necessary can be the difference between a healthy, productive office and a sluggish, sickly staff.
  • Employees who travel should be aware that seasonal flu viruses circulate globally and the Southern Hemisphere flu season occurs during the U.S. summer months. So before traveling, employees should make sure they’ve received a seasonal flu vaccine and other recommended vaccines. 

Below are materials for use within your organization:

Have questions? Need other resources? Please give us a call at 775-624-7117 or email our team. Thank you for your help keeping Nevada healthy!