Do you require professional flu vaccination services at work?
Flu vaccination services are in high demand these days. Making sure employees have a convenient method of receiving these important vaccinations is one of the most important factors to increase employee compliance to be vaccinated against the flu.
A flu vaccination not only helps to keep employees healthy and flu-free but also increases morale when employees see that the company cares about their health and well-being.
Furthermore, it increases productivity by decreasing the amount of lost time due to absenteeism from the flu and its complications. It also prevents feelings of resentment among coworkers when some have to take on the extra workload of those who are unable to keep up due to being unable to work while they are out with the flu.
Despite the easy accessibility to flu vaccination at work, there are still some who will refuse to be vaccinated due to fear and misinformation. It is prudent for companies offering flu vaccination services to educate and inform employees prior to vaccination time.
The most common misinformed reason for not being vaccinated against the flu is fear of contracting the flu from the flu shot. It is important to educate people that this is not possible. The flu shots that are used in our flu vaccination services contain an inactivated form of the flu virus. This causes the body to recognise it as the virus and therefore build antibodies against it, but without it being able to multiply and grow in the body in any way. In fact, every batch of the flu vaccine produced is tested to make sure it contains no live virus at all.
When people suddenly fall ill after receiving flu vaccine services, it is usually due to one of the following:
- They have contracted a similar illness that is not the flu, such as a common cold or “stomach virus”. It is important to remember that the flu virus causes a mid-grade to high-grade fever with coughing and malaise. It does not generally cause a lot of nausea and vomiting; although this can occur on occasion due to the fever itself.
- The person has already been infected with the virus. The influenza virus has an incubation of 1-5 days, with the average being 2-3 days. During this time the person can remain asymptomatic. Following the administration of the flu shot, it takes up to 2-6 weeks for the body to build up enough antibodies from the immunisation to be effective against the flu virus. This is why it is important to be immunised before the flu is running rampant.
- The person could have also been exposed to a different strain of the flu than what the vaccination contains for that year.
Although it is impossible to fully prevent everyone from getting the flu, it is very wise to be vaccinated when flu vaccination services are available. It dramatically decreases one’s chances of contracting the flu and greatly reduces the severity and length of the symptoms, if it is caught either prior to the vaccination becoming fully effective in the body, or even if a different strain of flu is caught.
Corporate Care can help you organise an employee flu vaccination program. We are committed to providing you with the best possible customer service experience.
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