Companies of all sizes face similar challenges during flu season; they need to keep productivity high and absenteeism low. The problem is that counting on your employees to protect themselves and their coworkers by getting recommended flu shots is a bit of a gamble. A better plan may be to host a workplace flu clinic for your employees. Not only will you be providing a valuable time-saving benefit that employees will appreciate, you'll also be protecting your most important resource – your work.
Your first step when planning a successful seasonal flu clinic will be to find a reputable flu vaccine provider. A flu vaccine provider will help you schedule your clinic, provide you with materials to promote your clinic, and make it easy and cost-effective for you to get employees immunized in a safe and timely fashion.
Some tips for hosting a successful workplace flu clinic include:
o Contract with a trusted flu vaccine provider.
o Reserve a designated space for your flu clinic, with ample time allotted for setup and cleanup.
o Orchestrate a communications plan to promote the clinic to employees, utilizing posters, signs and email reminders.
o Consider having a contest or promotion to encourage participation, such as tickets for a raffle prize for the first 50 employees who sign up for a flu shot.
With the H1N1 (swine) flu on everyone's mind this year, many people may be much more interested in getting a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is good news, since the seasonal flu infects as many as 65 million Americans annually. Unfortunately, many people still believe that the flu is basically inconvenient but not deadly; sadly, statistics paint a different picture. The CDC reports that the seasonal flu claims approximately 36,000 lives each year, which is why it is critical to immunize working adults and others identified as most likely to be "spreaders" of the flu.
Flu season runs from November through March, so now is a perfect time to begin flu clinic planning for the 2009-2010 flu season. Start by seeking a trusted flu vaccine provider. You and your employees will be glad you did.