R2 billion - that's what colds and flu cost the SA economy a year

According to research conducted in 2015 by the Global Hygiene Council, the South African economy loses more than R2 billion each year because of colds and flu.

Dr Kgosi Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa says the R2 billion is lost by corporates when employees stay away when they are sick.

He says companies stands to lose more if employees refuse to take time off when they are sick and as a result infect others.

Even though there is a cost, employers must allow their employees to rest because rest plays a key role to quick recovery in terms of influenza.

Dr Kgosi Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa

According to Letlape, companies cannot compel employees to take flu vaccines because people have rights. However, he says companies can educate employees about the importance of flu vaccines so that they can make informed decisions.

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