Distinguishing COVID-19 symptoms from the seasonal flu will create challenges for healthcare providers and consumers in 2020. What’s more, because the symptoms have similarities, there may be no other year when an influenza vaccine is more important. Although more companies are likely to encourage flu shots across their organizations, how can you increase compliance? And for organizations that require a flu vaccine as a condition of employment, how do you convey to fellow staff members, patients and visitors that a flu shot occurred? In fact, 2020 flu shot stickers and flu shot labels are an effective way to encourage more vaccinations and communicate compliance.
Flu Shot Stickers For Staff And Visitors
Flu shot stickers and flu shot labels are perfect for employee and visitor badges. They help communicate one of the important steps you are taking to maximize the safety of your organization. Plus, they serve as a visual queue that increases the odds that others will get a flu shot, too. Just like social distancing is an important part of lowering the COVID-19 curve, getting an influenza immunization will play a role moving forward.
Although the following information was written during the 2019 - 2020 flu season, it still applies today.
How Flu Shot Labels Plus Hand Hygiene Reduce Outbreaks
But regardless of the severity of any flu season, the top two prevention steps remain the same:
- Flu vaccines
- Hand hygiene
And even though flu season is nearing its midpoint, healthcare professionals still recommend flu shots for those who haven’t been vaccinated in the last year. In fact, in a release from St. Jude’s Hospital, Dr. Richard Webby, a flu scientist and a member of the Infectious Disease Department at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, says it is still not too late to get the shot. “The bottom line is the flu shot is still the most valuable and life-saving tool in preventing and spreading the flu, ” stated Dr. Webby.
Unfortunately, only about half of the population will choose to get vaccinated even though the benefits of the flu vaccine are well documented. But, by using priming and social influence you can impact behavior. Distributing a “Got Flu Shot - Did You?” label can increase the number of people who choose to get a vaccine. You can read more about the study here.
Hand Hygiene Labels
“Generally speaking, common hygiene practices are effective,” said Dr. Nasir Husain, the infection prevention program director at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. “Cover up your face if you sneeze, and so forth. The flu is very contagious, so washing hands can go a long way.”
Plus, be on guard in public restrooms and common workplace areas including lunchrooms, kitchenettes and meeting rooms. Regular cleaning of surfaces can be effective at eliminating germs that might be hiding on them.
But just as a large percentage of the population doesn’t get a flu vaccine, many people fail to wash their hands or practice effective hand hygiene. Unfortunately, it’s not just the general public that fails to do so. Often, healthcare professionals are remiss. Although handwashing signs or a wash your hands poster can be effective, certain messages have a greater impact. In fact, authors Adam Grant and Daniel Pink both detailed steps that lead to improved compliance. You can read about their study here.
One suggestion they offer is to use wash your hands signs and reminders that focus on keeping patients or coworkers safe. Because we are motivated to protect others, these types of reminders are more effective than those that just focus on the individual.
Hand Hygiene Instructions
Furthermore, providing instructions on how to effectively wash hands is another worthwhile endeavor. A study from Michigan State University found that only about 5% of people actually wash their hands properly. It’s useful to detail the appropriate steps.
Infection Prevention Techniques For Airline Travel
Lastly, if your plans call for air travel there are additional actions you should take. In addition to the flu vaccine and hand hygiene steps, take extra precautions with tray tables, airplane lavatories and aisle seats, all of which are germ magnets. Here are additional safeguards you should consider.
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Although it’s impossible to guarantee prevention, taking these steps will help make your workplace safer and your staff and visitors less likely to become a 2020 influenza statistic. United Ad Label supplies stock and custom flu labels and infection prevention products that help organizations reduce the spread of flu and other viruses. Contact us to learn more.