Flu season fast approaching

Workplace clinics, communication, flex work can help contain impact
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/26/2011

At the end of August 2011, there were only four diagnosed cases of influenza in Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. But in the coming months, that number will climb considerably as flu season gets into full swing.

That will mean more than a few headaches for employers, with 10 per cent to 40 per cent of the workforce affected, said Sue Kelly, director of health and wellness at We Care Home Health Services in Toronto.

“It depends on the industry, on the age group and how closely knit the work stations are but, on average, I would definitely say 20 to 25 per cent of any given workforce will come down with a flu or respiratory-like illness this winter.”