Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a contagious, viral illness affecting 5% to 20% of the U.S. population annually. Influenza causes an average of 226,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Vaccination is the primary method of preventing transmission of influenza and its associated complications.
Some employee flu vaccination programs may be unsuccessful because employees don’t understand the infectious and serious nature of the flu. Education and communications about the severity of influenza and the need for an annual vaccination is key to overcoming misperceptions.
Research shows that when you ask someone why they didn’t get a flu shot, they often cite the same false beliefs: