It’s that time of year again. No, not the holidays, that time of year when the flu causes employers to seek out effective ways to maintain a healthy and productive workforce. It’s an important effort and one that needs to get bigger and better. Last year, less than 40 percent of adults in the U.S. got a flu vaccination. Those rates have significant and worrisome implications for employers.
Consider that the average employee with the flu is sick 7 to 10 days. For employers, this means that the flu is responsible for 45 percent of workdays lost and for 49 percent of low- productivity days among working adults ages 50-64. What’s more, lost productivity cost alone will total more than $21 billion. However, despite the high cost – both economically and in terms of employee productivity and health – many employers struggle to find and implement optimal flu prevention initiatives, some, for good reason.
Factors inhibiting the expansion and improvement of employer-based flu vaccination programs range from concerns over cost and lost productivity to lingering myths and misunderstandings about the vaccine. Those issues shouldn’t stop employers from fighting flu. Flu prevention is so important to U.S. businesses and its employees that it’s an effort that must continue.
The good news for employers is hundreds of employers nationwide, of all sizes, are finding solutions to improve their influenza immunization programs and their outcomes.
Download the white paper Flu Prevention: The Key to Maintaining a Healthy and Productive Workforce to learn:
- What are the economic and employee health implications of seasonal flu on employers?
- What at the issues and challenges stopping employers from expanding flu immunization programs?
- What lessons can be learned from successful flu immunization campaigns?
BioIQ is here to help employers implement a comprehensive flu immunization program, including the tools and technology to facilitate communication and engagement with employees and reports to track the program’s progress. To learn how BioIQ can help your organization plan for flu season, call (888) 818-1594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.