It’s no secret that getting sick entails a lot of money to deal with. From doctor’s visits to prescriptions for medication, and even lost income due to absences, all of these add up to make a staggering annual loss for the nation in general.
In fact, a study published recently in Health Affairs confirms this as much by showing that as much as $5.8 billion are lost from simply having flu. With that number, suddenly the flu doesn’t seem so simple anymore.
Preventing the Money Drain
The flu does not have to be an inevitable especially once the flu season hits, though. There is one way to deal with it and that is through flu vaccination. While it is true that this shot should not be taken as the end-all-be-all of your flu experience, it does give you a much better chance at avoiding the virus, and thus contributes to society’s overall health by being one less carrier of it.
Within the context of businesses, meanwhile, you as the employer are encouraged to also offer flu vaccination shots to your staff with the help of your occupational medicine partner. In order to make it more efficient, it is preferable that this comes bundled in the services that your provider offers.
You can set a particular appointment for this through coordination with your human resource department so that everyone will be sure to participate.
Workplace Health Environment
There are many reasons why you should seriously consider providing flu vaccinations to your staff. Of course you want to have a healthy workforce, first of all. The healthier they are, the more productive they can be. At the same time, you would like to lessen instances of absenteeism, which also contributes to lost productivity.
Knowing how the flu virus works, it only takes one infected person to sneeze or cough or shake hands with another to transmit the virus. Before you know it, you have several employees unable to come to work, either simultaneously or one after the other, all on account of the “simple” flu.
Needless to say, it would prove to be a lot more advantageous for your company if you do give them access to flu vaccination shots. Ask an occupational medicine provider such as U.S. HealthWorks how your organization can have this.
What are the Benefits of Flu Vaccination? CDC.