Flu Prevention

Keep your employees healthy and strengthen your business

People often use “flu” to describe a mild cold or illness, but there’s nothing mild about the flu. If one employee gets hit with the flu, your whole office could be in for a slowdown. This flu season, keep these important tips in mind and help your workforce stay strong.

Understand the difference between the flu and a cold

The flu and the common cold are not the same. Both are upper respiratory infections, but flu symptoms tend to come on stronger and last longer. Influenza is a virus that causes fever, headaches, and sore throats — and it can lead to serious infections, pneumonia, or worse. Colds can occur throughout the year. The flu generally infects people from late fall through early spring.

Learn how to help prevent the flu

You can help your employees stay healthy by setting up a flu shot clinic at your workplace. It’s easy to arrange, and all of your employees are eligible — even if they’re not Kaiser Permanente members.1 Getting a vaccine early in flu season each year is the simplest, most effective way to stay flu-free. Contact your Kaiser Permanente representative to learn more and schedule a worksite flu clinic.2



1 in 5 employees is likely to call in sick with the flu.

— Getsinger, Society for Human Resource Management, August 14, 2014.

Tools for employees

A decision-support tool for flu vaccines

If your employees aren’t sure whether a flu vaccine is right for them, they should check out our interactive guide. It includes information on the flu and flu vaccines, plus thoughtful questions to help your employees make a healthy decision.

Use the flu vaccine interactive guide external link

Interactive symptom checker

Cold or flu? Simple rash or allergic reaction? Our easy-to-use online symptom checker can help employees pinpoint the problem, assess personal health risks, and know when it’s time to see a doctor.

Use the symptom checker external link


During the 2016–2017 flu season, vaccinations prevented approximately 5.29 million illnesses, 2.64 million medical visits, and 84,700 hospitalizations.

– CDC, April 19, 2018.

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