The Flu Shot at Work
With the flu season quickly approaching, it is time to protect you, your family, and co-workers from the flu virus, influenza. Getting a flu shot will not only help you avoid potentially dangerous health complications, but it will also prevent you and your co-workers from spreading strains of influenza A and influenza B, like H1N1 and H3N2, around the office.
“From an employer’s perspective, we would rather you take an hour of leave to get the vaccination, than potentially spread the virus to others,” said Larry Rebman, Director of the Labor Department. “Getting a flu vaccine will lead to a more healthy work environment.”
Being healthy on the job benefits everyone. As an employee, you feel better and are more productive. So, instead of spreading the bug--spread the word and encourage coworkers to be vaccinated; you could even get several coworkers together and get vaccinated on a break or over lunch.
Good news. Instead of chasing your little ones around the doctor’s office to get them to sit still for the shot, physicians can now administer a spray version of the vaccine. Getting your children vaccinated will decrease the chance of them bringing the flu home from school for you to then pass around to your coworkers.
FIND THE SHOT SPOT
Check local pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Hy-Vee, and Walmart to find a store near you that offers the vaccine. Some places even offer the shot for free! To find the nearest health clinic offering the flu vaccine, contact your physician or visit the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Flu Clinic Locator.