As the autumn and winter months approach, attention is beginning to turn to the flu, and in effect this year’s flu vaccination campaign.
It is in the interest of all organisations to ensure that their staff are offered a flu vaccination. This precaution will help reduce sickness absence and consequent reductions in productivity levels and customer service.
Flu is one of the main causes of short-term sickness absence in UK workplaces. It is a highly contagious acute viral infection that affects people, regardless of age and general health and fitness.
Anyone can contract the virus, whether they are generally healthy or not. Approximately 15-20% of the population gets flu every year, and could pass it onto other, including those who are risk of serious illness.
Despite common opinion that ‘flu is a mild illness’, for most people it is simply unpleasant. Additionally, the illness can be quite serious. It globally accounts for 3-5 million cases of severe illness, and between 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.
The flu jab poses no threat of serious side effects, as the jab contains no live viruses. For most people the side effects are extremely mild.
It must be noted that pregnant women can have the flu vaccination at any stage of their pregnancy. Having the vaccine also protects the baby from flu over the first few months of life.
You can keep your workforce flu free for as little as £12 per employee.