European researchers have identified factors that increase the likelihood of workers contracting the flu and the occupations most vulnerable to infection.
The study analyzed nearly 15,000 influenza cases in Sweden, finding that regular contact with infected individuals, lack of social distancing at work, sharing workplace materials with the public, and working in close proximity to others increased the odds of getting the flu.
Occupations such as physicians, protective services workers, cleaners, laborers, sales and service workers, medical and laboratory technicians, taxi drivers, carers, teachers' aides, bus and tram drivers, nurses, and healthcare assistants were all at high risk.
The researchers emphasize the importance of implementing additional safety measures, including extended vaccination programs, to reduce viral transmission in these work environments.
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