HR Strange But True!
October 14, 2010

It’s fall in Human Resources. You’re planning Halloween events and also flu shot clinics for employees—if they’ll show up. The Centers for Disease Control says it can help you! It’s offering free holiday “Health-e-Cards” that you can send to those shot-shy workplace wellness scaredy-cats to encourage them to participate. The cards also link to further health information from the CDC.

“Knock. Knock.” says an e-card featuring a photo of jack o’ lanterns along with the poem:

Trick or Treat!
This year, don’t get tricked by the flu.
Treat yourself and your family
With ways to stay healthy!

Another “Happy Halloween!” Health-e-Card features a black cat on an orange background and this saying:

Don’t get spooked by the flu this year.
Learn how to stay healthy.

The cards let you personalize them with your own message of up to 500 characters of text (date, time, and location for the flu shot session should fit).

However, the card does come with a disclaimer that the CDC is not responsible for personal content—and accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information—sent in personal messages put on the cards. And don’t use copyrighted material in your message.

Anyway, the cards let you fast-blast them to 5 employee e-mail addresses. Need to send more (perhaps to your entire workforce)? You can email CDC to get help in doing this.

If you can’t get your act together by Halloween, CDC also has Thanksgiving Health-e-Cards and those for other occasions, so don’t get stressed out!



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