Protect Your Employee from the Flu
Each year, the flu costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits.
One way to minimize absenteeism and other costs due to the flu this season is to offer an onsite flu clinic at no or low cost to your employees. HealthCare for Business can come to your office and give vaccinations to your employees, ensuring your staff has the best defense against the flu this season.
Administering the vaccine to your staff minimizes employee absences due to the illness and reduces lost productivity time for your business.
Promote a Healthy Work Environment
As an employer, you have a responsibility to create a safe work environment for your employees. Providing flu clinics at your facility or designating a local office like HealthCare for Business as your preferred vaccine administer can help ensure a healthy workplace for the coming flu season.
According to OSHA, the current rate of workplace vaccination is disappointingly low. By providing vaccination options to your staff, you can significantly enhance worker safety and increase their productivity.
Encourage your employees to have members of their family vaccinated to minimize their risk of illness and reduce the occurrences of absences due to sick children needing care.
Hosting a Flu Vaccination Clinic
By offering a flu clinic to employees, you are already positioning your company as a good health partner. However, scheduling the clinic is only the first step.
There are other actions you can take to fully maximize the clinic event:
- Establish getting employees vaccinated again the flu as a business priority and create a goal
- Designate someone as the vaccination coordinator or bring in an outside occupational health provider like HealthCare for Business to manage details of the flu clinic
- Schedule the flu vaccination to maximize employee participation
- Ask manager and supervisors to allow employees to attend as part of their work day without having to “clock-out”
- Consider offering flu vaccinations to employee families as part of the clinic
- Show employees how their participation matters by setting a goal for vaccinations
- Offer incentives, like refreshments or a contest for highest department participation, for getting vaccinated
- Promote the clinic with posters, (free downloads available below) articles in company newsletters and any intranet announcements
- Ensure the location is convenient to get to, comfortable and offers privacy if wanted
- Have managers and other business leaders set an example by getting vaccinated first
Flu Vaccination Facts
After your employee receives the flu vaccination, protection from the virus usually develops within two weeks. It is recommended that vaccination occur between October and November to minimize exposure to the virus.
The viruses in the flu shot are killed or inactivated, so recipients cannot get the flu from the vaccination. Some possible minor side effects include:
- Soreness where shot was administered
- Low grade fever
If any of the side effects are experienced, the begin soon after the shot is given and last approximately one to two days. Almost all people who receive the flu vaccine have no serious problems. However, in very rare cases, the vaccination can cause allergic reactions.
For more information on protecting your employees from the flu, click here for a free ebook from the CDC.
“Thank you for all your hard work in organizing our flu shots, blood draws and biometric screenings!
I want to tell you that Andrea is so well liked at AeroControlex and she does such an excellent job! Our employees love her and having her here with us makes our efforts for a healthy workplace a success!”
-Susan Burt, Human Resources Administrator, AeroControlex