Getting the flu is more than just a nuisance; it can be a dangerous illness that wrecks havoc in the workplace as employees become infected and office productivity goes down. Usually by this time of year we can all start to breathe a sigh of relief as instances of the flu start to go down and the peak of the season has passed. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that the flu season has not yet hit its peak, which likely means that we are in for a later flu season than usual. Here’s what you should know.
The Flu Virus is Still Spreading
The CDC recently reported that at least 40 states are still experiencing widespread flu activity. The flu is still continuing to spread and increase, rather than having his its peak in February, as is the norm. In fact, Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist working with the CDC, said that the flu virus is “still spreading, and the peak is not in sight yet.” This is very unusual for the month of March, and the CDC recommends that people continue to be on alert for the flu. Everyday preventative care, such as regularly washing hands, limiting contact with others if you are sick, and avoiding touching your face, are all important in stopping the spread of the virus.
It’s Not Too Late to Get the Flu Shot
Many people think that if they miss out on the flu shot in the fall or early winter, there’s no point in getting it. However, that is simply untrue. In fact, doctors actually recommend that if you haven’t yet gotten the flu shot, it is still a good idea to do so, especially considering this year’s extended flu season. Employers should encourage employees to get the flu shot, or even provide flu shots to their employees, in order to best protect the workplace from being hit hard by the flu this spring.