Should employers encourage employees to obtain seasonal flu vaccines and offer them in the workplace?
Yes — although a flu vaccine won’t protect against pandemic influenza, flu shots can help individuals stay healthy. Providing employees with educational information on the benefits of flu vaccines and posting this information in the workplace will also serve as a reminder to employees to get their shots. Employers should keep track of annual influenza vaccinations for employees to determine the overall health status of their workforce. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act 1 (ADA) employers are required to keep employees’ medical information confidential (i.e., maintained on a separate form and in a separate medical file).