2023’s ‘Triple Threat’ Flu Season and Your Workplace

February 09, 2023 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Jessica Mulholland, Managing Editor, CalChamber

Everyone is familiar with flu season: During the fall and winter months each year, a highly contagious viral respiratory infection hits anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans. And while the length and severity of flu season is unpredictable and varies from year to year, due in part to a constantly changing virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that February typically is the peak of flu activity.

With the exception of Alaska, flu activity is widespread in all U.S. states this season, according to CDC data, which also shows that over the course of the 2022-2023 flu season, the activity of this virus alone was high to very high in the majority of states.

This flu season, however, is especially noteworthy given that three separate viruses are affecting the workforce: the traditional influenza A and influenza B viruses, the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and COVID-19.

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