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Flu Vaccinations in the Workplace

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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

Vaccination Events

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

Call Us Today

To learn more about MedStar VNA’s vaccination and wellness programs, call:
800-231-3201.

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If you'd like to host a vaccination event, click below to register today.

Why Should Employees Get Vaccinated Against the Flu?

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