Wednesday, October 5, 2022

United Airlines reminds employees to stay safe and immunized after “uncontrollable” flu outbreak

United Airlines shared how each of their 70,000 U.S. employees are protected against different varieties of the flu and measles.

Since the outbreak was recently reported, the Chicago-based airline has been heavily promoting its safety procedures through print ads and Twitter accounts that direct their followers to the company’s website.

According to their website, 86 percent of their employees are vaccinated for measles, influenza, and chicken pox, meaning that just 3% are unvaccinated. The company is also able to contract with travel insurance companies to fully protect their team members in case they get ill and their insurance will pay.

The same safety measures protect their United States employees against a threat of Ebola, which United states is “imminent”, according to a health advisory by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Feb. 29, United airlines decided to ban travel from the countries in the Carribean and Africa affected by the spread of the deadly virus

“We routinely evaluate the need to take additional actions when we receive a notice that a disease has developed or is imminent,” the company said in a statement. “We take these alerts seriously and regularly evaluate them with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of State, and the National Health Security Council.”

Additionally, the flu shot can be given to first class customers and passengers traveling during their peak travel times. During a recent incident, United refunded $115 for a passenger’s vaccine.

United Airlines is not the only company promoting their employees’ safety as different food and beverage services for those traveling for business or pleasure.

According to CNBC, Delta, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Continental, JetBlue Airways, and Alaska Airlines all offer this same safety program.

According to the CDC, four out of every five U.S. children have been vaccinated for at least one of the diseases covered by United Airlines’ plan, including measles, chicken pox, and influenza.

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