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The never-ending flu season

How can we protect our attendees from the seasonal onslaught?

By: Richard Kim
Tags: event planner, flu season, catering thoughts

We are still amidst a horrendous flu season, the worst since the 2009-2010 season according to FiveThirtyEight (our small office was no exception: an impressive, near-perfect infection rate).


How many flu-infected people will join us today?

Event planners have a huge problem: events and meetings bring together large groups of people. The larger the event, the higher the probability of having Mister Cough-a-Lot and Miss Snot join in on the fun, as they help flus do what they do best: spread to more people.

Is there anything we can do?

As a caveat, as Prof. Ioannidis' research suggests, we should always be wary of studies that have not been adequately reproduced and is funded by parties with a stake in its findings.

But let's not suck the fun out of a blog post that is going to get a cursory look at best!

Serve Yogurt

Serve Yogurt

Yogurt is already a popular breakfast option--serving a probiotic foods will mitigate the body's inflammatory response… deliciously. Although yogurt will only help bring an already raging flu to an end quicker, I'm sure the attendees who shouldn't be there but are there anyway will appreciate it.

Break Time

Adequate Break Times

Light exercise and fresh air are good for flu prevention AND treatment. Let's not jam pack our events with back-to-back-to-back-to-back itineraries--let's give everyone deliberate time to stretch their legs and get their blood and immune system going.

Food with Zinc

Serve Food with Zinc

Our immune system needs zinc, which means our events need zinc.

But that's super easy--zinc is in so many delicious foods: oysters, beef chuck roast, Alaskan king crab, lobster, pork chop, baked beans, chicken, chickpeas, Swiss cheese, almonds, and cashews.

Shake Hands

Hand Sanitizer Stand

Just having one at your event causes people to use it, which is great because of all the hands that are touching door handles, chairs, walls… other hands…

Aside from all the practical advice, even letting attendees know that you care for their well-being and are thinking about larger health trends is more than enough.

We can only hope it will raise awareness and help attendees be more responsible.

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