Flu season is near and we all know what that means: sneezing, coughing and those dreadful headaches. But did you know the influenza virus can also take a toll on employers?
$10.4 billion is what employers pay in hospital bills because employees opt out of getting a yearly flu shot. The shot is the most important step in protecting against flu viruses, according to the center for disease control.
Most workplaces, like KOTA Territory News, will host a flu vaccine clinic. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against three viruses: the H1N1, H3N2 and Influenza B.
This month, several Rapid City schools are offering free flu vaccines to students. Vaccines will be available from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. at Stevens High School on November 3rd, North Middle School on November 7th and at South Middle School on November 15th.
Government data suggests all children ages six months through 18 years should receive the flu vaccine.