On-Site Flu Shot Programs
Don’t let the next flu season be a barrier for your company!
The Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) reports that the influenza virus was responsible for more than 100 million lost workdays during the 2010-2011 flu season. That equates to $7 billion in lost wages. More than $10 billion in company productivity was lost due to the flu virus. A flu survey cited by SHRM noted that 80 percent of the workers showed up on the job despite having flu symptoms. In today’s poor employment market, employees are reluctant to take time off. It is unlikely that sick employees are working at an optimum level; they can expose themselves and others not only to germs, but also to injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu vaccinations should begin soon after vaccine becomes available, which, ideally is around October. Seasonal influenza activity peaks in January or later. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop to protect against influenza virus infection. The CDC recommends vaccination against the flu every season. The primary reason is because the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time; annual vaccination provides optimal protection. Secondly, flu viruses are constantly changing; the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and is sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses.
The CDC recommends that employers offer influenza vaccination at their workplace. One of the many benefits of a worksite flu program to the employer is the overall cost savings. A study of 849 workers from 18 to 64 years old, conducted by the Veterans Affairs Center of Minneapolis, found that immunizing against the flu reduced the number of respiratory illnesses, days lost from work, and visits to a doctor for an estimated net savings of $47 per person, almost twice what the average workplace vaccination costs.
Pivot’s Travel Medicine On-site flu shot programs will provide the employer with a measurable return. These measurable objectives include reduction in rates of absenteeism, and maintenance of existing productivity levels, and direct health savings. In addition, an onsite flu vaccination program facilitates employee engagement. Protecting the health and safety of employees, as well as safeguarding the company’s bottom line, are great reasons to invest in an onsite flu vaccination program. Contact Pivot Travel Medicine today for more information.