The flu puts an average American adult out of commission for a few days and cost as much as $5.8 billion in 2015, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.
This is a staggering amount considering that it’s “just the flu”. These costs, said the study, can be attributed to medical bills (visits and medications) and lost revenue for businesses as a result of reduced productivity on the work floor.
If you are an employer who has not looked at the flu as a serious threat or impediment to your operations, then this study should be a wake-up call for you. It’s time to rethink your workplace health program and make sure to offer flu shots for work.
Fighting the Flu
According to the CDC, a flu vaccination is your best bet at avoiding the flu. Considering how easily transmittable the flu virus is, you don’t want anyone in your workforce to catch it. Otherwise, you might end up having more than a few employees getting sick one after the other, thereby affecting attendance, performance, and your company’s overall productivity.
Benefits beyond the Flu
There are official numbers to back up this claim of effectiveness, too. The Clinical Infectious Diseases under the summer 2016 issue of the Oxford Journals cited a study showing that flu vaccination helps reduce the hospitalization risk of people aged 50 and above by as much as 57%.
Another study also showed that getting a flu vaccination has been associated with lower rates of cardiac events among those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases. Other benefits include risk reduction of flu-related acute respiratory infection among pregnant women, reduced hospitalization among diabetics by as much as 79% and chronic lung disease sufferers by 52%.
Closer to Home
The numbers above may not be as significant to you given their generic nature. If you think about it, though, there’s a big probability that at least one of your staff has diabetes or suffers from chronic lung disease.
Without a flu vaccine, they are at a higher risk of contracting the virus and developing complications. Keep in mind that it only takes one individual to be afflicted with the virus before the rest of the population gets infected too. So, if you were to play by the numbers, you’ll have a much better chance of saving your staff and your organization the trouble of incurring gargantuan losses because of the flu by providing flu shots for employees.
Get in touch with an occupational medicine service provider like, U.S. HealthWorks, to arrange for a flu vaccination day for your staff.
The $5.8 Billion Argument for Getting Your Flu Shot. The Washington Post.
Preventing Seasonal Flu with Vaccination. CDC.