Don’t forget about Flu amid the Ebola Scare

October 17, 2014

The American media and public at large have focused a great deal of attention in recent weeks to the spread of Ebola to the United States. As of this writing, there have been a handful of confirmed Ebola cases in the U.S. However, as outlined in a recent article in The New Yorker, this recent development has turned heads away from a virus that takes a death toll in the thousands every year in the U.S.

That virus, of course, is influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the average death toll due to influenza averaged more than 23,000 per year from 1976 through 2007. Moreover, from an economic standpoint, influenza cost American businesses approximately $30.4 billion in 2012-13 due to missed work days and diminished productivity.

Of course, unlike with Ebola, there is a way we can prevent the spread of influenza, and that is through vaccination. According to the CDC, everyone ages 6 months and older should be vaccinated against influenza every year. For adults, more and more workplaces are offering the flu shot as a benefit to their employees through providers like Affiliated Physicians.

If you would like more information regarding seasonal flu vaccination or would like to schedule a program at your organization, please click here to get in touch with Affiliated Physicians.

Affiliated Physicians is a national provider of corporate health services including on-site flu vaccinations and wellness screenings.

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