Influenza can seriously impact your workplace—adversely affecting the lives of employees and taking its toll on productivity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, each year in the United States, approximately 5 – 20% of the population gets influenza. This means an impactful amount of diminished productivity and lost work days for your company.

Onsite flu shot programs provide an important public service and generate savings of up to $84 per vaccinated person.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends working towards a goal of 80% participation amongst a group of employees.

Here are some best practices to help achieve that goal.

Best Practices

  • The Importance of Convenience
    Employers have found that providing varied channels for flu immunization helps improve participation. By providing employees a way to get immunized at work, at a time most convenient to them, you will also be reducing the time they would otherwise be away from the office getting it done (that is, if they did at all).

  • The Role of Education
    Many people fail to make immunization a priority because of misunderstandings over key facts. Many falsely believe flu shots are not that effective, or that there’s a chance of contracting the flu from the vaccine, or that they should abstain from immunization if they are pregnant, have a chronic condition, etc.

  • The Value of Communication
    Companies that promote being vaccinated through the use of posters, flyers, and e-mail reminders, experience a substantial increase in participation. Our wellness event scheduling application, which is included in the price of flu shots, makes pushing these emails easy.

  • Senior Management’s Role
    A few key ways that senior managers can be effective advocates for the program include showing support by being vaccinated themselves, holding a meeting about the importance of being immunized, and being involved in the development of the educational campaign.

  • Planning Among Departments
    Don’t go it alone. Get those closest to a group of employees, like middle management in each of your various departments, involved. The planning process often includes multiple meetings, during which goals and strategies are developed. With more people engaged in the endeavor, more employees will be knowledgeable about the program, increasing the likelihood of broad support.

  • Offering Incentives
    Incentives can be as simple as gift cards to employees after they receive their vaccination.

No matter what you think your organization is capable of, you will benefit from starting a flu vaccination program, and we can help make it easy. Contact us with any questions you may have.

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