How Flu Vaccines can save Money for your Business

10 July, 2019

Have you ever thought about offering workplace flu vaccines to your employees? Studies show that it’s not just sensible from a health perspective, but that it can actually save your organisation money.

Here’s an alarming fact – the flu can cost the UK economy up to £28.9 million each year in sick day costs alone. Simply put, that’s just the cost of temporarily replacing an employee and paying them sick pay for the period of their illness. This doesn’t account for the loss in productivity that may negatively affect your organisation’s ability to generate sales, market effectively, or even function at an operational level. Worse still is the implication of presenteeism – if a staff member with the flu feels as though they’re indispensable, they may not take time off, which puts their colleagues at risk of also coming down with flu.

 

When is flu season?

Generally, the majority of flu outbreaks occur between December and March each year. Cases can occur as early as October and as late as March though, depending on how strong the strain is.

During the UK summer months, the flu is prevalent in the southern hemisphere. Currently, Austalia is experiencing a particularly bad flu season in comparison to last year, and whilst this doesn’t mean that the UK will experience the exact same effects, it serves as an important warning against the potential dangers of the flu.

 

What are the symptoms of the flu?

According to the NHS, flu symptoms can come on very quickly and can include:

  • a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
  • an aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • a dry cough
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

Symptoms can be treated by using over the counter medicines, and you’ll usually recover within 1 to 2 weeks. But could your organisation go 1 to 2 weeks without your leading salesperson? Senior line manager? Operations coordinator?

It’s also important to note that the flu can potentially be deadly for adults of all ages with pre-existing medical conditions, such as long term heart or respiratory conditions, or weakened immune systems.

 

Offering Employee Flu Vaccines

Simply put, the benefits of offering workplace flu vaccines to your employees outweigh the costs. In addition to the money saved due to the avoidance of absenteeism, flu vaccines are a fantastic and cost-effective way to add to your organisation’s health and wellbeing provision, demonstrating to your colleagues that you value their contribution to your business, and their general wellbeing in life.

Here at New Leaf Health, we offer workplace flu vaccines to organisations of all sizes. Our on-site flu clinic is held in your workplace with a fully qualified Pharmacist to deliver the vaccines. They are supported by one of our Health Care Assistants, who will manage pre-consent forms, all of the administration and the post-vaccine observation area. The cost also includes a promotional poster to boost engagement amongst staff, and an online booking tool to easily manage appointments.

Click here to find out more about how New Leaf Health can help you protect your employees this flu season.

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