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FLU SEASON: HOW CDC HELPS PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES AND YOUR BUSINESS

Although almost half of the U.S. population gets a flu vaccine annually, the impact of influenza remains high. The flu costs the United States more than $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of close to 17 million workdays each flu season. Tens of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands die from flu-related illnesses each year in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination as the first and best way to prevent flu. Employers can play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety while increasing productivity, reducing absenteeism, lowering health care costs and limiting other negative impacts of the flu.

As one of the world’s foremost influenza experts, CDC provides guidelines and recommendations to help businesses, health care providers and people prevent and control the flu. CDC toolkits make it easy for employers to promote annual flu vaccinations in the workplace.

In this issue of Business Pulse, you’ll learn from CDC about how to help protect your employees—and your business—from health and productivity risks associated with influenza.

Published September 2014