Influenza is a respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. It is common to confuse flu with a bad cold. Symptoms may linger for about a week and the feeling of tiredness can continue for several weeks. Symptoms include High Temperatures, headache, Cold Sweats, Shivers, aching joints and limbs, fatigue feeling utterly exhausted and in some cases nausea, vomiting and possible diarrhoea (more common in children than adults).
When Does the Flu Season Hit?
In the Winter months with often a peak as late as August.
When will the influenza Virus spread?
Flu is highly contagious and is usually spread by the coughs and sneezes of a person who is infected.
How Do I encourage staff to protect themselves?
Promoting flu shots makes sense and will give you a positive return on investment (ROI) BUT you can improve on those results by running education and early intervention programs during the flu season to ensure maximise employee participation.
Are all Vaccines the same?
Influenza vaccine may change from year to year. In 2017 the 4 strain (quadrivalent) vaccine will be the only vaccine available protecting against the following 4 strains
A/California/7/2209 (H1N1)pdm09 – like virus
A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2) – like virus
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (This is a V/Yamagata Lineage Virus