Why construction workers should consider getting the flu vaccination

Health and Safety

Contracting the flu can result in missed work and health complications not to mention the

added anxiety over the possibility of similar symptoms of Covid-19 Getting a flu vaccination

reduces the risk of all of this. Average vaccination rates vary by industry, occupation, and

country however a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the

National Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in the U.S, researchers found that

the lowest rates of vaccination—less than 19 percent—were among workers in the construction



According to the CDC, it’s a myth that the flu shot gives you the flu. Vaccines are either made

with flu viruses that have been killed and are no longer infectious or with only a single gene from

a flu virus to produce an immune reaction without causing the virus.

You can still get the flu after being vaccinated, but you won’t be as sick as you might have been

without the shot. The vaccine reduces the risk of contracting the virus by 40 percent to 60


The CDC also recommends getting the vaccine every year. Although the viruses the vaccine

protects against may not change every year, a person’s immune protection from the vaccine will

slowly decline, making a yearly vaccination necessary.

A CDC study revealed that construction workers were less likely than the average worker to

be hospitalized because of the flu. Although this is great news for the construction industry, it

in no way suggests that they’re immune. Practicing good hygiene in the workplace is the most

effective way to minimize spreading of the flu and in turn Covid - 19.