If illness is affecting your workplace every year and causing employees to miss work then it might be work thinking about an onsite vaccination program.
We spend so much time at work, so good health practices in the workplace are of the utmost importance.
Read on to find out about why you should implement a vaccination program at work.
The impact of workplace illness
Influenza affects thousands of Australians every year; it’s one of the most common illnesses responsible for days off work and lost productivity and will typically affect approximately 20% of your staff each season.
Influenza causes symptoms of sore throat, runny nose, headaches, abdominal and muscle pain, vomiting and fever. It usually causes people to be lethargic and can last for several weeks.
Employees who fall ill with influenza are at a far greater risk of injury because their reaction times can be up to 40% slower, and will usually experience a significant drop in productivity and the ability to complete their tasks.
Illness is responsible for more than 1 million lost working days every year, the cost of absenteeism to Australian businesses is astronomical. For this reason many Australia workplaces are embracing corporate flu jabs.
Corporate flu jab programs
Vaccination is the most effective method of prevention against influenza and has been shown to reduce the risk of illness by 70 to 90 percent.
Corporate flu jab programs are becoming increasingly popular because companies are recognising the benefits of introducing them to the workplace and acknowledging that they have a responsibility to their employees to ensure that their health and wellbeing is a priority in the workplace.
Vaccination programs result in a massive improvement in absenteeism, a 43 percent reduction to be exact. They are easy to implement and incorporate into the working day as they do not require any more than a few minutes of employees time and can be conducted onsite.
Expert nurses are able to inject 3 members every 5 minutes so the service is highly efficient and minimally disruptive to the working day.
Corporate flu jabs have an important role to play in the wider health landscape, the more popular the programs become the lower the rate of illness falls. 2018 was a much milder year than 2017 for influenza.
Reaching more people with vaccinations against common strains will also help with the quick identification of possible new strains and diagnosis.
Corporate flu jabs are one of the best things that employers can do for their employees and will promote a healthy workplace, better productivity and happier employees.
What is the process for organising corporate flu jabs?
Getting a program provider into your workplace is a very straightforward process. Most will be able to give you detailed information about the types of vaccinations and help you with planning the type and number that you want to order. It is usually a good idea to book a few weeks ahead, especially in the lead up to autumn when the influenza season begins.
Influenza has a long incubation period and it can take a few weeks before vaccinations take effect so it’s important to get in early with bookings.
Once a date has been set you should let employees know and coordinate internally to ensure that everyone is able to attend a session and aware of the information that will be asked of them by the nurse.
An area should be set aside for the nurse to complete injections. If any employees are missed on the day many services can help with off-site injections to ensure that everyone is covered.