State workers are being urged to get the flu vaccine or stay home if they're sick so they don't sicken their fellow workers. The state Department of Human Resources issued a memo today telling state workers to get vaccinated if they haven't done so already. The flu season is expected to last well into February. There are more than 60,000 state workers in the Sacramento region.
The state Department of Public Health recommends:
- Employees should stay home or go home when they are sick with flu symptoms. Staff with symptoms (fever and cough, sore throat, or runny nose) should stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
- Managers should make sure they follow appropriate sick leave policies.
- If you have increasing absenteeism due to employees staying home sick, protect remaining employees against the spread of the flu by limiting meetings and conferences. Instead of face-to-face meetings, consider using email, telework, web and teleconferences.