Each year, the influenza virus costs U.S. businesses approximately $10.4 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A flu vaccine – the number one way to prevent the flu – not only protects individuals against the flu virus, but also decreases the spread of infection within a population. To ensure employees stay healthy, it is important that their employer provides education and free or low-cost vaccinations whenever possible.
Benefits of Workplace Vaccinations
Workplace vaccination is a smart investment. Each year, 17 million workdays are lost among adults between the ages of 18 and 64 due to flu-related illnesses. Offering flu vaccinations to your employees allows your business to:
- Reduce absenteeism due to influenza by 25-35%
- Reduce absence due to medical appointments
- Promote a healthy workforce
- Demonstrate your companies interest in employee health and well-being
- Limit dissatisfaction among healthy employees faced with increased workloads cause by absenteeism
- Reduce the spread of the virus
By providing yearly vaccinations, organizations can help reduce the number of flu infections that occur among employees and create a safer, more productive, and healthier workplace.
Can Your Business Afford the Flu?
- A flu-infected employee may be absent for three to six days.
- Flu may impair a worker’s performance by about 20–40%, which is comparable to the effect of alcohol consumption.
- Flu is highly contagious. As symptoms take up to three days to appear, one employee can infect multiple co-workers and customers without knowing it.
- Flu may have a significant economic impact on your business.
Preventative Measures to Prevent the Flu
There are several ways to help protect employees from the flu virus. To promote a culture of safety in the workplace:
- Provide free or low-cost flu vaccinations during flu vaccination season (spring, fall and winter months)
- Advise associates to stay home if they get the flu or experience flu-like symptoms (i.e. fever, headache, fatigue, cough and sore throat)
- Recommend or require that all employees get vaccinated
To protect your workforce from the seasonal flu virus, schedule a vaccination event with MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). Our registered nurses provide on-site vaccination events at organizations all over the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region.
To schedule an on-site vaccination event for your location, complete our online registration form.
References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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