According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news release titled "CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad" released December 3, 2012, "Significant increases in flu activity in the United States have occurred in the last two weeks, indicating that an early flu season is upon us. These increases in activity overlap with National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) being observed December 2-8, 2012. According to Dr. Melinda Wharton, Acting Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, “Increasing flu activity should be a wake-up call. For anyone who has put off vaccination: It’s time to get your flu vaccine now.”
Influenza takes its toll on staff - production lines and office personnel alike. The question for employers - and this is where the risk management practitioner comes in
- is "How to deal with the flu threat?"
(1) Encourage employees to get flu shots on their own
(2) Pay for flu shots for (2a) critical staff or (2b) all personnel
(3) Allow time off - paid or otherwise - for employees to get flu shots
(4) Bring medical personnel to the work site(s) to offer the inoculations
(5) Offer a "reward" (however small) to those who take the needle
(6) Create a policy and procedure for those who cannot or will not be inoculated (checking with legal counsel before casting same in concrete)
The full CDC release is at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/early-season-nivw.htmWhat is your organization planning to do?