Fall’s Vaccine Lineup: The Inside Scoop on Flu, COVID-19, and RSV

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Sep, 18, 2023

Ah, fall! That magical season that sweeps in on a gust of pumpkin spice and cable-knit coziness. But just as the leaves start to drop, so does our collective immunity. Meet fall's less charming cousins: respiratory viruses that aim to turn our sniffles into something more sinister. 

Once upon a pre-COVID time, armoring up for the season was as simple as rolling up a sleeve for a flu shot. Fast-forward to the pandemic plot twist, and we've got a new heavyweight contender in the vaccine ring: the COVID-19 jab.

Now, a third shot is available for specific groups for the first time: a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This respiratory disease poses a significant threat to infants and older individuals.

While the whirlwind of news leaves many confused and overwhelmed, the approach for 2023 is crystal clear: think broader and act wisely. As we enter this new season, it is essential to stay informed and take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Learn all the critical details about these three vaccines that you should know for this fall.

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Topics: Workplace Flu Shots, In the News

5 Smart Health Reasons to Cut Back on Caffeine

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Jan, 12, 2023

Is it time to cut back on caffeine? 

A good cup of coffee is a great way to start the day. Or, if you prefer caffeinated waters, bars, mints, gums, etc. you know how it feels to have just a bit more pep in your step.

 Within five minutes, you can be energized. Amazing, isn’t it?

 There are some health conditions that can arise from too much caffeine throughout the day, though. Mayo Clinic states that up to 400 milligrams daily appears to be safe. But if you have health issues like anxiety or heart conditions, it may be time to closely consider how it impacts you.

Here’s a look at five reasons you may want to reduce your caffeine intake sooner rather than later.

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Topics: In the News

What You Can Expect for the 2022-23 Upcoming Flu Season

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Aug, 29, 2022

Are you and your team ready for the upcoming flu season?

While Covid-19 stole the limelight for the last few years, health experts warn that the flu is still out there, too. Flu season begins in October and runs through May.

A recently released 2021-22 influenza season report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  indicated that while last year’s activity was considered low for the season, the flu cases also extended well beyond the normal flu “season.” CDC reports show flu cases increased to between eight million and 13 million between October 2021 and June 2022. That’s up from just over 2,000 cases reported for September 2020 to April 2021.

Wondering what will happen this year?

Here’s a look at what to expect for the upcoming flu season, how to prepare, and insight from two naturopathic physicians on prevention steps to take.

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Topics: Workplace Flu Shots, In the News

Why Employers Need to Take a Look at the Monkeypox Virus

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Aug, 08, 2022

While the monkeypox virus has been declared a public health emergency, it’s important for workers and employers not to panic.

What’s helpful is learning how the virus is contracted, ways to avoid it, and what to do if an employee does contract the virus. Luckily, the symptoms tend to be mild and the virus is rarely fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

 Below, we take a look at the virus and offer tips for employers on handling another public health concern with ease and confidence. Here’s what you need to know about the monkeypox virus.

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Topics: In the News

Pres. Biden Orders COVID Vaccine Mandates for Large Employers

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Sep, 13, 2021

Most employers know they can place a COVID vaccine mandate on their team.

In early September, President Biden announced he was taking steps to get more Americans vaccinated and turn the tide on COVID-19.

On November 4, the administration rolled out two of those steps — two different vaccine rules covering more than 100 million workers.

The first rule, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, covers companies with 100 or more employees. Companies must ensure that their workers are either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4, 2022 or that they test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week. The rule does not require employers to pay for or provide testing to workers who decline the vaccine.

A second rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires some 17 million health care workers to be vaccinated by the same deadline, Jan. 4, but with no option for weekly testing in lieu of vaccination. The rule covers all employees — clinical and non-clinical — at about 76,000 health care facilities that receive federal funding from Medicare or Medicaid.

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Topics: In the News, COVID-19

Observe National Walking Day to Encourage Walking for Health

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Apr, 01, 2021

National Walking Day is right around the corner.  

On April 7, walkers everywhere will hit their local sidewalks in stride.   

That makes this time of year the ideal time to start discussing the benefits of walking for health. The quarantine weight eventually has to come off — no excuses even if gyms are still closed — and walking is the perfect way to do it. It may also be the very easiest way to get fit.

Given that over 40% of Americans are obese, talking about physical activity needs to be a priority sooner rather than later. For some workplaces, this may include extending walking programs beyond National Walking Day.

Ready to share with employees the benefits of walking?

Read on to learn more and discover how to host your own walking event for National Walking Day in five simple steps!

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Topics: In the News, Healthy Workplaces, Wellness at Work

COVID-19 Testing: Our Newest Offering Here at TotalWellness

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Jun, 08, 2020

There’s a lot of uncertainty as businesses re-open in this new COVID-19 era.

Luckily, thanks to the fast work of scientists and researchers, there are more preventative measures and protocols workplaces can use to keep workers safe.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, TotalWellness has worked with its national network of lab and medical partners and leading epidemiologists to develop COVID-19 support solutions for employers.

Plus, between 25 to 80% of people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and aren’t aware they are infected, making it easier to spread.

That’s why TotalWellness has decided to offer COVID-19 testing and antibody testing for companies. We also offer temperature screenings, too.

Below, we share what our testing looks like and why your company may want to consider it.

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Topics: In the News, Wellness at Work

Temperature Screening at Workplaces

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, May, 07, 2020

As many workplaces return to a sense of normalcy, using caution and health protocols will be a part of our new normal.

For businesses, employee safety is number one.

COVID-19 has certainly presented challenges to how we work, live, and interact with one another. It presents unique challenges for any employer seeking to provide a healthy working environment.

That’s why TotalWellness has decided to offer temperature screenings for employees.

Below, we share what that looks like and why your company may want to consider it.

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Topics: In the News

Mental Health Month Guide: Let Employees Know They Aren’t Alone

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Apr, 20, 2020

May is Mental Health Month.

Given the current worldwide situation, there’s no better time for employers to focus on the importance of employees’ mental health. Across the country, crisis hotlines are seeing a spike of incoming calls from individuals struggling with mental health concerns.

Mental health issues especially triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessions
  • Traumatic stress

Psychologically, stress can cause digestive issues, headaches, sleep disturbances, and more. Not exactly the best conditions for your employees to do their best work.

If you’re interested in learning how to provide support and educate your employees about mental illness, Mental Health Month is the ideal time.

Read on for mental illness facts, the best resources to share, and COVID-19’s effect on mental health.

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Topics: In the News

5 Health Issues in America Your Employees Can’t Afford to Ignore

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Apr, 09, 2020

Now, more than ever, it’s time to focus on health issues in America and in your workplace.

We all know that COVID-19 is taking center stage at the moment.

But underlying health issues are a big part of the concern for those who contract the sometimes deadly virus. People with health concerns like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes are more susceptible than ever to getting ill.

Preventable and/or treatable conditions can make it harder to fight off viruses — like Coronavirus. According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, 71% of Americans hospitalized with Coronavirus had an underlying health condition.

Keep promoting your corporate wellness campaigns and health plans. Individuals everywhere are realizing the power of taking an active role in preventing disease.

This post will cover common underlying health conditions, the consequences of each, and the importance of prioritizing lifestyle changes. We have more time than ever to work on these issues.

Here’s a look at why staying on top of preventable diseases is a must for your employees now and in the future.

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Topics: In the News, Wellness at Work



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