Seasonal influenza is commonly referred to as the flu. The flu is not just another cold; it is a dangerous viral illness affecting up to 20% of the U.S. population annually. Flu costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults each year. The flu is responsible for 200 million days of diminished productivity, 100 million days of bed disability and 75 million days of work absence. Each episode of illness translates into five to six days of symptoms and between a half day and five days of work missed. This not only disrupts the lives of the affected persons, it also impedes how well employers can function without the affected employees.
Employers should encourage employees to get a flu shot. Ultimately, a vaccinated workforce is a healthier, more productive and less costly one. AFC Doctors Express Southcenter can provide on-site vaccination clinics for employees and their dependents. Call AFC Doctors Express Southcenter at (425) 291-3300 for more details about this convenient service.