Even though summer is underway, fall will be here before you know it, along with flu season. The estimated cost to employers this past flu season was $9 billion, as approximately 11 million Americans fell ill with the flu. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the flu costs the country approximately $10.4 billion in hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults. Flu vaccines go a long way in providing protection against infection and preventing severe illness and death: studies have shown that flu vaccination reduces the risk of illness by 40% – 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine.

Given the statistics, it’s safe to say that employers would be remiss not to protect their employees during flu season. Offering the flu vaccine is a critical piece of any company’s employee wellness program, and now is a great time to begin planning for the 2018-2019 flu season. While there are a variety of ways to provide the vaccine for employees, making it as easy as possible is the best way to increase employee engagement and manage employee health.  A great way to do this is by offering employees various locations to get their flu shot, such as at the office or in a retail pharmacy.

Worksite vaccination clinics
If you have a large space that is easily accessible to your employees, offering a worksite event over the course of a few days is a convenient way to provide flu shots. A key component to a successful flu event at the office is finding a provider that offers an easy, convenient participant experience and can remove the administrative burden from the planning process. From there, skilled clinicians come out to the worksite to give the vaccines and employees can then head back to work.

Retail pharmacy locations
Partnering with a retail pharmacy to provide flu shots is another great option to allow employees to get their flu shot in a convenient location. This is a great option for remote employees or employees who would prefer to get their vaccine in a pharmacy setting or closer to home. When planning your flu shot program, it’s also critical to select a partner who can provide detailed analytics about the program’s performance, including registrations and results. This way, you can track program engagement and document recommendations for future programs.

By planning ahead, there is plenty employers can do to protect their employees and also reduce absenteeism and increase productivity during flu season.

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 sales@bioiq.com.

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