Why are flu shots important?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal flu in the United States results in over 200,000 hospitalizations and accounts for over $10 billion in healthcare expenses each year. Additionally, the flu is the reason behind 75 million sick days per year, costing employers over $16 billion in lost productivity.
A flu shot protects individuals against the influenza virus strains that scientific research indicates to be most common during the upcoming season. Flu shot effectiveness can vary, but even during years when flu shot effectiveness is reduced, vaccination offers substantial benefits, including a reduction in severe flu outcomes (like hospitalization or death).
By offering flu shots to your employees, you can:
- Provide employees with a no-cost, convenient means to get immunized
- Improve vaccination rates in your employee population
- Reduce the risk of absenteeism from flu-related symptoms
- Create a more productive environment throughout flu season
- Reduce healthcare spending on flu-related claims
What options are available for flu shots?
We make offering flu shots easy. Quest Diagnostics offers on-site flu shot events, as well as flu shot vouchers for local retail locations.
How should we plan our flu shot program?
In the 2017/2018 flu season, 17% of American adults who received a flu shot did so at their place of employment, according to the CDC. But, there are some best practices to consider when planning your worksite flu shot events.
Why should we offer flu shots to everyone?
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, if they are able to. Read one testimonial about why getting a flu shot is important for keeping everyone healthy.