We understand the importance of a healthy workforce, especially when it comes to the colder months… which means one thing, flu season.
The flu is a common contagious respiratory illness caused by a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. Hundreds of thousands of people fall ill with the flu every single year; for some people, the influenza virus causes only a mild illness that clears up in about a week. However, in others can cause a more severe illness, and sometimes even death.
Alongside the COVID-19 presence in the UK and across the world, it has never been more important to ensure you and your workforce are protected from the flu with the annual flu vaccine. Some scientists have predicted that the 2021/22 flu season is going to be especially severe due to the social distancing and mask regulations during the height of the pandemic. The hygiene and safety precautions may have lowered the transmission of COVID-19, but also lowered our exposure to many other viruses and bacteria, causing a fall in immunity levels needed to fight certain illnesses.
We simply cannot afford a flu outbreak on top of the pandemic – not only can it overwhelm the NHS and healthcare resources, but it can have severe consequences for a person who might catch both at once.
In the UK, millions of working days are lost due to ill health caused by the flu, with around 15-20% of the population becoming infected in a normal year. This costs employers over £29 billion every year in the UK, due to absence costs, productivity levels and sick pay. On an individual basis, flu can cost businesses an average of £522 per person – this is expected to rise during the coming flu season. Research also concluded that the widespread use of the flu vaccination in the UK could save the economy up to £28.9 million in sick day costs, in addition to increased workplace productivity levels.
Vaccinating your workforce is the most cost-effective way to reduce the impact the influenza flu virus can have on your business and protect your staff from the onset of illness. Reduce the risk of illness and employee absence within your workplace with our corporate flu vaccination service.
We are able to offer flu vaccinations to clients during the Autumn and Winter seasons, which can take place on site at your place of work. Before a vaccination takes place, we will work with you to determine the number of employees who require the vaccination. We will then order the vaccine, where we are given a delivery date. We are then able to contact you about a clinic date.
Each employee wishing to be vaccinated with the flu vaccine will need to fill out a consent form featuring a number of questions, which we will review before administering the vaccine. We also are obliged to let the employee know the possible side effects. Noone can be forced to take the vaccine if they do not wish to do so.
If you are hoping to book a flu clinic for your workplace, we advise that they are requested plenty of time in advance to ensure delivery of the vaccinations. Prices are given at the time of application request.
The flu season this year has the added complication of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is also a contagious respiratory illness affecting similar organs. But is it possible to be infected with both the coronavirus and the flu at the same time?
The answer is, yes it is possible. There have been many reports of patients who have contracted both illnesses at the same time. Public Health England have warned people that although it is not common, being infected with both the flu and COVID-19 face serious consequences. From January to April 2020, it was reported that people with both viruses were twice as likely to die as someone with coronavirus alone.
The flu vaccination season starts in late September through to December time. This allows your body to build up the immunity it needs by the start of the flu season, which is typically January to April. The best thing to do is to book plenty of time in advance so we are able to provide you with your vaccinations when you need it.
At DBOCC Health, we will ensure that you and your employees are vaccinated safely and professionally at your own place of work, causing minimum disruption to their day. If you would like to learn more about our flu vaccination service, or get a quote on how much it costs for our flu vaccination service, please get in touch with us.
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