Sick of the same old flu-prevention tips?

Texas Mutual works hard to make this blog your go-to resource for stopping fraud, managing claims, preventing workplace accidents and protecting your business from seasonal illnesses such as the flu.

If your doctor, mother and well-meaning friends can't convince you to protect yourself from the flu, maybe these five singing, dancing snowmen can.

If your doctor, mother and well-meaning friends can’t convince you to protect yourself from the flu, maybe these five singing, dancing snowmen can.

By now, you’re probably sick of people advising you to get a flu shot, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you have flu symptoms. It’s all good advice, especially with flu season peaking in December and January. Unfortunately, it’s also low-hanging fruit that’s over-served on blogs like this one.

So we’re taking a different approach.

We scoured the internet for little-known facts about the flu. We hope they’ll pique your interest enough to stay with us until the end, when we’ll deliver the payoff: our call to action.

It’s not Greek to us
More than 60 percent of English words have Latin or Greek roots. Influenza is an exception. Influenza is the Italian word for influence. It reflects the one-time belief that the planets, stars and moon influenced the flu…Source

The flu is costly
The flu causes Americans to miss 70 million work days each year. The indirect costs, which include reduced productivity, lost wages and higher medical expenses, register between $3 billion and $12 billion per year…Source

The flu can be serious

Flu vaccines prevented an estimated 5 million cases of the flu last season. That's the same number of people who use Denver International Airport in one month.

Flu vaccines prevented an estimated 5 million cases of the flu last season. That’s the same number of people who use Denver International Airport in one month.

The flu claims between 250,000 and 500,000 lives each year. The deadliest flu pandemic in history, dubbed Spanish flu, killed 20 million to 50 million people worldwide between 1918 and 1920. For comparison’s sake, the Swine flu of 2009 resulted in 20,000 deaths across the world…Source

Save the sanitizing wipes

The flu’s ability to live outside the body ranges from a few minutes to 24 hours, depending on the surface. The virus lives longest on hard surfaces. Still, attacking phones, door knobs and desks with sanitizing wipes might not be as effective as we think. Experts agree that contact with infected people is the most common way people get the flu…Source

Grandma knows best?

Grandmothers are infamous for concocting their own cures for common illnesses. Typically, those cures show complete disregard for conventional wisdom about infectious diseases. It seems grandma’s been adding her two cents for centuries. Unicorn horns, garlic necklaces, pine tar and horse manure are just some of the suspect cures for the flu offered up over the years…Source

What now?
We hope you enjoyed this short list of interesting facts about the flu. Before we wrap up, we’ll leave you with the call to action we promised.  If you want to protect yourself and your business from the flu, advise your employees to:

  1. Get a flu shot; it’s not too late. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccination should continue throughout flu season.
  2. Wash their hands regularly.
  3. Stay home if they have flu symptoms.

It might be low-hanging fruit, but it’s still sound advice from health care experts. We hope you have a safe, flu-free holiday season.

Get a free flu toolkit
The CDC encourages employers to download its free flu prevention toolkit. The kit includes fact sheets, website banners and links to more resources.

 

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