Don't let the flu cost your business this winterOctober 11, 2019Boost your employees’ wellbeing with a flu jab
Flu is expensive. It costs the UK economy £1.36 billion thanks to 7.6 million working days lost every year when employees contract the virus.
“The average cost of sickness per employee is around £600 so if a business has a few people off work with flu, it can quickly become a strain both financially and physically”, states Stephen Pollock, the pharmacist who heads up Weldricks’ flu vaccination service.
“The only way to avoid this issue is by ensuring your staff have the flu jab. The easiest way to do this is by implementing a company-wide vaccination programme. In doing so, you will limit any impact the virus may have on your business and boost your employees’ wellbeing at the same time.”
Adds Stephen: “Flu is a virus that is tracked, globally, all year round by health professionals, doctors and pharmacists. Thanks to ongoing observation and analysis as to how the influenza virus develops in the southern hemisphere countries, we gain a clear picture of what we can expect here in the UK over winter.
“Flu is extremely infectious – the virus can live for up to 24 hours on hard surfaces – and it spreads easily via droplets in the air from coughs and sneezes. So, it goes without saying, that if you work in an office with lots of other people you can contract it quite quickly.
“Flu needn’t cause a problem in your workplace though, there is a solution! Once again at this time of year, qualified Weldricks pharmacists are able to administer the quadrivalent (quad) influenza vaccine to offer protection to employees aged over 18.
“It’s really simple to arrange a company-wide vaccination programme. We can set up a flu jab clinic at your workplace or we can issue vouchers for staff to redeem at one of our vaccination sites across the region. Show your team they’re valued by protecting their health and wellbeing today!”
Concludes Stephen: “It’s also worth noting that there are groups of people deemed ‘at risk’ from flu. These include anyone aged 65 or over, individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma, chronic heart, liver, kidney or neurological disease, diabetes, low immunity, pregnant women and carers. If you or any of your colleagues fit in this group, they can get a flu jab, free of charge on the NHS at 39 of our local pharmacies across Doncaster and South Yorkshire.”
To arrange a workplace flu vaccination programme with the experts from Weldricks’ simply contact Stephen via email email@example.com
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