By this time you’ve heard the buzz about how terrible the 2017-2018 flu season is predicted to be. Although workplace alarmists and flu professionals alike have contributed predictions about the severity this year compared to previous years, we won’t know for sure until this year’s flu season has run its course.
If you haven’t already, now is the best time to encourage your employees to get a flu vaccine and avoid a company-wide epidemic. Your business simply cannot afford the absenteeism which may affect productivity and your bottom line.
Is it too late to get a flu shot?
Getting a flu shot anytime during flu season is recommended – and few people know that some years, flu season can last well into May. If your employees think they know all there is to know about the flu, check them with these facts for the 2017-2018 flu season.
What’s new this flu season: (1)
- For the first time in history, an H3N2 vaccine reference virus (cell-grown) was used to produce the H3N2 of the Flucelvax vaccine.
- Flu vaccines like the A (H1N1) have been updated.
- Flu nasal spray (LAIV) is no longer recommended due to effectiveness concerns.
- A flu vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza has been developed for this year.
- Recommended age for a flu vaccine has been reduced from 3+ years old to 6 months and older.
- All vaccines have been approved for use by pregnant women.