Chances are that Patient Zero is in your building right now.
You know, Patient Zero: the first person in your organization to contract the flu. The one who will likely unknowingly give it to your customers and/or members of your staff.
The one who could even die, because flu can and does kill people, especially children. Last flu season alone, 146 children died from flu-related deaths from 40 states; that number is typically closer to 100.
Eight of those children were in Nevada.
In addition to the human cost, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that up to 111 million workdays are lost every year because of the flu (influenza) at an estimated $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.
While the CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the best way to protect against the flu — and advises that everyone over the age of 6 months gets an annual flu vaccine — fewer than 40 percent of Nevadans actually get it. By encouraging your staff members to get a flu vaccine, you’re ensuring that they’re able to work and provide for their families, while also protecting your guests from potentially contracting the influenza virus.
The flu can also be highly dangerous to people in our community who are not able to get the flu vaccine, namely the very young, the immunocompromised and the very old.
Most healthy adults can infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
This is a virtual toolkit of materials for use within your organization. Download via the links below, and please duplicate these materials as necessary and feel free to tailor them to fit your specific needs.
- A poster your staff areas.
- Newsletter articles and social media posts.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for content you can easily share on your own social media outlets.
- If you’re interested in offering a flu vaccine clinic at your location, you can get more information at http://www.influencenevada.org/hostyourownclinic. At the same website, you’ll also find links for flu vaccine locations. In addition, many local pharmacies offer the flu vaccine.
Please give us a call if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your help keeping Nevada healthy!