It's hard to predict what having the flu cost's you your family and your company. The University of Maryland has provided us with this calculation ... by providing flu shots
- You can save about $150 per employee per year in sick leave
- You can reduce absenteeism by as much as 45%. Employees sick with the flu miss an average of 2.8 days of work per season.
- You can save on lost production time.
- You can show employees how important they are by giving them an added benefit at the workplace.
However, this is just one aspect of flu prevention. The Preventive Health Advisory Board (PHAB) recommended the following:
REMEMBER THE BASICS of flu prevention and practice these habits throughout the day.
Wash your hands often, keep antibiotic soap near your work station.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
Get a flu shot. The recommended time is between August through December for prevention of the flu in the winter months.
STEP IT UP by incorporating positive healthy changes into your diet, exercise routine and sleep patterns.
Diet - Eat the recommend 9 - 13 servings (1 serving = 1/2 cup) of fruits and vegetables each day. If you are not sure how much that is go to USDA on their new website shows you how it looks on your plate.
Exercise - American Council on Fitness (ACE) reported studies suggest that physically active individuals report fewer colds than those who do not exercise regularly.
Sleep - The National Sleep Foundation recommends you get 8 hours of sleep each day. If you are unable to sleep all 8 at once, take short naps during the day.
BECOME PREVENTION ADVOCATE by encouraging others to adopt these same practices. Practice what you preach. Be a model of wellness and the example of the benefits of staying healthy. Teach your family the steps to take to stay well, along with providing the time and tools to do so. Encourage the place where work to provide antibiotic soap, flu shots and to stay home when you are sick.
SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED with your family, friends and co-workers. Prevention starts with education. Post signs, send out newsletter, talk about wellness where you work reminding your employees to STEP IT UP and prevent the spread of flu this season where you work.
You'll be glad you did.
Your partner in health,
C2 Your Health LLC