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Flu season is fast approaching. The evenings are getting darker, the mornings are frosty and the scent of pumpkin spice is in the air.
For those of us who suffer in the scorching summer heat, this is great news—but for many people who’re more vulnerable to flu, it can be unpleasant.
Sometimes, people complain of ‘the flu’ when what they have is a nasty common cold. While this isn’t to be sniffed at, actual flu—or influenza—is more serious. It has a number of obvious symptoms:
These symptoms come on fast—within a few hours—whereas a cold is a much more gradual attack.
Flu is generally at its most potent and infectious during the months of December through March, though outbreaks are common as early as October.
Interestingly, influenza isn’t a single virus, rather a combination of different strains that vary from year to year. The WHO compiles recommendations of different vaccines to include in each year’s flu injection.
Influenza, then, is a serious issue, and one that has a significant cost to businesses. It’s estimated that flu jabs for employees could save the economy almost £29 million a year. But are you duty-bound to provide them?
For the most part, no. Most employers aren’t required to provide the jab, or allow time off for employees to get one—with health and social care workers a notable exception.
Department of Health guidelines states these workers must be provided with vaccinations by their employer. There are a few ways to do that:
It’s up to the employer whether to provide time off—and whether that time off will be paid.
But given the benefits of flu vaccinations in the workplace:
Can you really afford to let your people get sick this winter?
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