The flu vaccine is available from October 2019 until end of April 2020. This year, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the 4 strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season.
The most recent figures on workplace absenteeism, which estimate a cost of €1.5bn for Irish employers, show that the main cause of short–term absence is attributed to minor illnesses which include colds and flus. With the flu season now well underway HubEx is urging employers to consider rolling out a vaccination programme to protect employees, maintain productivity and and reduce the financial impact caused by increased absenteeism at this time of year
Providing a workplace flu vaccination makes good business sense and represents an excellent return on investment when you look at the associated benefits. The workplace is an ideal breeding ground for the flu virus with people working in close proximity to each other for long periods of time and areas such as lifts, meeting rooms and coffee stations also proving problematic.
The general recovery period for a patient suffering from flu is three to four days of bed rest, and it can be up to two or more weeks for full recovery. This can become enormously costly for individual businesses. An annual flu vaccination programme within the workplace is an effective way to prevent staff from getting the flu and potentially passing it on to others; it also promotes overall staff wellbeing and enhances workplace productivity with reduced absenteeism due to illness.
Talk to us today about adding the Flu vaccine to your Benefit Hub.
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