Employers: Why You Should Offer Flu Shots at Work


Get your flu shot
How long do flu shots last?. Catherine Lane/E+/Getty Images

Flu vaccine clinics held at your office or place of employment make it easier for employees to get the vaccine and more likely to get it since they don't have to go to see their doctor during their free time. Ensuring that your employees are vaccinated cuts down on the risk that they will catch and spread the flu.

Coordinating a flu vaccine clinic to be held at your office may take some extra work, but it will be worth it in the long run both for your employees and your bottom line. Not sure where to start? Contact your local health department

Health Promotion

Chris O'Donnell gets a flu shot.
Chris O'Donnell gets his Fluzone Intradermal flu vaccine. Image courtesy: Sanofi Pasteur

Spending money to keep your employees healthy seems counterintuitive to some people, but you are more likely to save money in the long run if your employees are not calling in sick or worse - coming to work sick and getting very little (if anything) done.

Flu vaccines are the best tool we have to prevent the flu. They are not perfect, but they drastically reduce the chance that people will catch and spread the flu. And those that get it even after being vaccinated typically have milder symptoms that resolve more quickly than those who are unvaccinated.  

Encouraging healthy habits - including the flu vaccine - will keep your employees happier and more productive. 

Prevent Absenteeism

Sick at work.
Don't go to work if you are sick. jsmith/E+/Getty Images

The average duration of the flu is 7-10 days. So each employee that gets sick with influenza is likely to miss at least a week of work. To make matters worse, the flu is contagious a day before symptoms appear. Which means someone who gets the flu comes to work before they know they are sick and they spread it to everyone in the office they come into contact with. Since influenza is highly contagious, it is very likely that it will end up making multiple people sick.  

Promote Health Education

Flu facts
Get the facts about the flu. Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Getty Images

There are a lot of people that are misinformed about the flu vaccine - both it's efficacy and safety. Take the initiative to provide accurate information so your employees can make the best decisions about their own health. 

Not sure where to start? We have a lot of fact-based information here which comes from real research, not hear-say and personal stories. 

Protect Your Employees and the Public

woman getting a flu vaccine
Get your flu shot at work. Pamela Moore/E+/Getty Images

The fact is, the more people that get vaccinated against the flu, the fewer people that will get sick with the flu. If you ensure you and your employees are vaccinated, you are protecting them and everyone they come into contact with during cold and flu season because the risk of transmission is lower. 

It is still possible to get the flu even after you have had the flu vaccine, but the risk is lower and research has repeatedly shown that people that are vaccinated have milder symptoms, they don't last as long and they are less likely to develop serious complications. 

If you own or run a business, it is truly in everyone's best interest to offer flu vaccines to your employees. If you don't have the resources to offer them at work, spread the word that they are safe and effective and help your employees find other options to get them

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