If you’ve ever had influenza (the flu), you know how debilitating it can be. And there’s more at stake than just your health—when you can’t work there’s a ripple effect on your employer and the economy. In fact, it’s estimated that flu leads to an economic burden of more than $87 billion each year in the United States alone, along with 31.4 million outpatient visits and more than 200,000 hospitalizations.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a wealth of useful global health guidance and advice for business—from protecting employees who travel abroad to advancing the world’s ability to responds to global health threats. The simple act of encouraging employees to get vaccinated can help protect your business’s productivity, whether your business operates here in Atlanta or in offices around the world.
One way to tap into CDC’s resources for business is through the CDC Foundation’s online Business Pulse series. Last week, the CDC Foundation launched the latest Business Pulse focused on flu prevention. There’s lots of great advice about how to prevent and control flu, including an interactive infographic that offers a quick snapshot of simple actions your business can take to protect your employees. One key takeaway is that flu can be serious for anyone, including those who are otherwise healthy. Further, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated annually.
Beyond flu, Business Pulse focuses on a different topic each quarter, including the following:
- Travelers’ health highlights how CDC helps protect international business travelers from various health risks, such as infectious diseases, road hazards and environmental concerns.
- Global health security describes CDC’s role in fighting global health threats, sharing how business leaders can take action to protect their workforces in the United States and abroad.
- Business continuity provides insights about CDC’s work to help preserve continuity of operations and protect business before a crisis strikes.
- Safe healthcare shares how CDC protects patients and lowers healthcare costs by addressing the growing problem of healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance.
We’re pleased to offer Business Pulse as a series aimed at increasing awareness about the important public health work CDC does 24/7 to protect the well-being of our nation’s citizens, businesses and economy. Business Pulse conveys relevant information to employers, and, more importantly, provides opportunities for you to take action to protect the health of your employees and your business—at home and abroad.