It would be beneficial for employers to set up a worksite clinic that can provide the employees some basic medical assistance, such as check-ups , vaccinations and flu shots. This is especially true for illnesses that tend to spike in numbers during a specific time of the year and effect the health of the employees and, consequently, their productivity.
Flu and Office Productivity
There are many benefits to having an onsite clinic that could administer flu shots to the staff, such as a decrease in the need for healthcare visits, improved work attendance, and better overall well-being.
Absenteeism—for a variety of reasons—is among the top causes of loss of productivity in the workplace. Among these, catching the flu is one of the most constant excuses to miss work given by the employee. At the risk of possibly spreading the flu virus to the other employees at work, the employer cannot compel the employee to come to work even if they suspect the excuse is just that—an excuse.
With flu shots regularly available, the flu virus will be one less available excuse for absence from work.
Flu Shot Effectiveness
Employers may doubt just how effective a flu shot administered by an onsite nurse could be, and how positive its effects could be on company productivity. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been regularly conducting annual studies to try and answer this very question.
Their findings show that flu shots lessen the risk of contracting the flu virus by as much as 50% to 60% among the general population, especially at the peak of flu season. This, of course, is a very encouraging result, particularly for employers who intend to invest in making this a regular requirement for their employees.
It’s also been found that persons who have been vaccinated against the flu also tend to fight off other symptoms better in the event that they become ill. Not only is a flu vaccination protecting those who have received it, but also the people that they interact with who may not have had a shot. An employee given a flu vaccination is one less person possibly carrying the virus.
Medical urgent care centers like U.S. HealthWorks provide services such as worksite flu vaccinations, which employers can take advantage of. It’s beneficial for both the company and employees.
On-Site Flu Shot Clinics. Total Wellness Health.
Vaccine Effectiveness – How Well Does the Flu Vaccine Work? CDC.