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Protecting Your Employees from the Flu Is Good for Business

Did you know someone can carry the flu virus without showing any symptoms? That means employees can pass the virus on to other employees before they even know they’re sick.

Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu. Employees remain productive and your business can save on health care costs. Yet, still less than half of Americans get vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This flu season, through education and planning, you can take steps to keep the flu from affecting your business. Promote the importance and effectiveness of the flu shot throughout your workplace and encourage your employees to get one.

We put together a tool kit of materials to help you promote the flu shot. It includes everything you need to educate your employees about the importance of getting a flu shot as well as how they can get one. Find them under the Blue Cross Health & Wellness button at bcbsm.com/engage.

Then, during this flu season, use the following to-do list:

  • During open enrollment and new employee orientations, hand out our FAQ that discusses common concerns about the flu shot and answers questions about flu shot benefits.
  • Place posters in high-traffic employee areas such as restrooms, elevators and break rooms, as well as your human resources office.
  • Remind employees about their flu shot benefits in your organization’s newsletters, office memos and other internal communications.
  • Print or electronically share fliers to encourage healthy practices that can prevent the flu from spreading.
  • Encourage your employees to visit bcbsm.com/preventflu for more information.

Other ways you can protect your employees from getting sick:

  • Encourage frequent hand washing.
  • Place hand sanitizer throughout your buildings in high-traffic areas to stop the spread of germs on doors, keyboards, printers and phones.
  • Tell your employees to stay home if they’re sick. Keeping employees home when they have the flu is a foolproof way to keep the virus from spreading around the office.

By providing your employees these facts about flu shots, you can keep your workforce healthy — and productive — this flu season.

Visit a participating pharmacy with your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or Blue Care Network ID card to get your flu shot today. While most pharmacies will accept your coverage, be sure to ask before you get your vaccine. Then, write down the date and let your doctor know at your next appointment so he or she can keep your immunization chart up to date — and you healthy.

You can also schedule an appointment with your primary doctor to get one. Your office visit copayment may apply.

For Blue Cross members without BCBSM pharmacy coverage: Visit bcbsm.com/preventflu to see a list of immunizing pharmacies that provide vaccines under your medical coverage.

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