If attendance is down this week, blame a sudden spike in influenza infections.
The Centers for Disease Control’s latest weekly report on the 2014-15 flu season notes widespread flu outbreaks in 29 states. That’s a twofold jump in just one week, with Southern and Midwestern states particularly hard-hit.
Part of the problem: This year’s flu vaccine doesn’t protect against the H3N2 strain, which is the variety currently making the rounds. The vaccine does a good job of stopping the H1N1 virus, as well as strains of influenza B.
That means it’s still sound advice to urge employees to get flu shots if they haven’t done so already.