Flu at Work


Workplace Flu vaccinations – why they’re so important

9 February 2023

Workplace flu vaccinations are important every year, as influenza can seriously affect your workplace. Workers with influenza take an average of two weeks to recover – which could be longer than COVID. Because people can be contagious before any symptoms show, it is easy to spread influenza.

Influenza spreads from person to person in almost invisible droplets from saliva, sneezes, coughs and runny noses. The flu virus can live on surfaces for two days and is spread when people touch them. Touching an object that is contaminated with influenza virus and then touching your own eyes, nose or mouth or touching someone else can spread influenza. People are usually contagious a few days before their symptoms begin, and for up to one week after symptoms start.

The facts are influenza is not the same as a cold. Sadly 3,500 Australians die each year from the complications of influenza, including pneumonia. Therefore, it makes sense to protect your workforce.

Influenza vaccination in the workplace can result in increased productivity, and reduced absenteeism among workers. Influenza vaccination programs for healthy working adults may represent a cost-effective strategy and may also result in an improved workplace environment. Holding a workplace flu vaccination clinic means staff do not need to take time off to visit their own GP. If you need any information about how to implement a workplace vaccination program or any help at all contact us on 1300 474 672 or info@impacthr.com.au


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