Influenza, or flu, is a contagious disease that can spread easily, especially during the fall and winter when flu season is in full swing. The flu can be a seriously debilitating virus even among full grown adults. Employers can help their workers avoid getting sick by organizing flu shots for employees in the fall.
Flu shot misconceptions
There are two common misconceptions about flu shots that often circulate in the workplace. One is that it will give the recipient the flu, and the other is that it doesn’t have any effect whatsoever. It’s time to put these two misconceptions to rest because they are entirely untrue. Doubting the effectiveness of flu shots is understandable, but this mentality shouldn’t get in the way of actually being vaccinated. The viruses that cause influenza are constantly evolving, so to provide your employees with continuing protection, an annual vaccination containing the most recent strains is necessary.
The importance of flu shots in the workplace
Flu shots for work can result in reduced absenteeism and increased productivity. Such health programs can be a cost-effective strategy for taking good care of your most important asset, your people. According to the CDC, lack of an annual flu vaccine comes with the following flu-related losses:
- Average cost of a lost workday per employee: $200
- Average number of workdays lost per employee due to the flu: 5 days
- Total cost of lost work days due to the flu per employee: $1,000
Plenty of studies have shown that employees who always receive flu vaccinations on an annual basis have nearly half the number of doctor’s visits and take almost half the number of sick days in comparison to unvaccinated workers. All in all, that spells more productive days for you as an employer.
Having a flu vaccination program in your workplace means your employees don’t need to take a leave of absence to visit their own general physician. Local occupational medicine providers, such as U.S.HealthWorks, can conduct annual workplace flu vaccination programs at your convenience. Contact them for more information on how you can get your people vaccinated against the flu on a yearly basis.
(Two bad reasons for not getting a flu shot, Harvard.edu)
(Onsite Flu Shots Save Health and Absence Costs, SHRM.org)