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Workplace Flu Vaccinations
Influenza, also known as the flu, can have a powerful effect on an organisation and their workers’ health, attributing to high rates of absenteeism and lower rates of productivity throughout the business annually.
The effect of flu on your business
Each year, the flu costs Australian businesses more than $2 billion, with an estimated 1,500,000 work days lost each year due to the illness. Unlike a cold, the flu can last for a week or more and individuals can feel fatigue for a period of two to three weeks. The influenza virus is highly contagious, with the infection transferring from person to person before noticeable symptoms are present.
Corporate Flu Vaccinations
Implementing a corporate flu vaccination program in an organisation involves a specialist immunisation nurse attending your workplace to provide the influenza vaccine to workers onsite. A corporate flu vaccination program is one of the easiest programs to incorporate into your business. It only takes a few minutes out of an employees’ work day and in return, the business reaps long term positive effects associated with employee health costs.
The benefit of corporate flu shots
Studies prove that healthy employees who are vaccinated against the flu have nearly half the number of doctor visits and sick days due to upper respiratory illness, compared to those who were not vaccinated.
The flu vaccine and corporate flu shots can also help prevent injuries. Employees who continue to complete their regular tasks when they have the flu are at a higher risk of injury due to 20-40% slower reaction times.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Clinical trials results reflect that the influenza vaccine has been shown to be 70% more effective in protecting against the severe effects of infection in healthy adults.
The Australian flu vaccine 2017
The only available influenza vaccine strain for Australians in 2017 is called the Quadrivalent strain, as recommended for flu season by the World Health Organisation (WHO).