One of the most beneficial ways to increase efficiency and save your company money is to offer flu shots for your employees. Influenza (flu) affects nearly 10 percent of the U.S. workforce every year, according to the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW). The flu costs employers billions of dollars in lost work time and physician visits.

On average, a person who gets the flu will lose approximately two to three days of work and may experience a reduction in their effectiveness at work for two more days, according to the IACW. One study showed that employers save nearly $46 per vaccinated employee because of decreased use of sick leave and physician visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends three vaccinations for adults: Influenza, Pneumococcal—a type of bacterial pneumonia that kills approximately 15,000 people each year and Tetanus—a serious infection of the central nervous system caused by a bacterial infection. These diseases are serious, but preventable.

“As our population ages, more and more patients acquire chronic diseases that put them at risk of serious complications and even death from these eminently preventable diseases,” states Dr. Karen Anderson, board certified General and Preventive Medicine physician and KPS Medical Director.

Both Influenza and Pneumococcal are airborne diseases easily spread between people through coughing, sneezing or runny nose. This makes everyone who works with the public extremely susceptible, including the hospitality industry.

Although Tetanus is not contagious from person to person, it is important to be vaccinated. According to WebMD, the bacteria enter the body by burns, splinters, a rusty nail or any dirty object. Tetanus causes spasms of the jaw or facial muscles, then spreads to the hands, arms, legs and back, and blocks the ability to breathe.

Check out these links for more information on vaccinations:

Immunization Action Coalition of Washington Vaccination Tool Kit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines & Immunizations



Rev. 2/13/17

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