There has never been a more important time to get workplace flu vaccinations, with 2020 set to be the worst year in over 4 decades. The infectious disease kills thousands of Australians every year and costs Aussie businesses billions of dollars.
Thankfully, organising a program in your business is easy. This article outlines everything you need to know.
Is it a cold, or…?
It can sometimes be tricky to tell the difference between the cold and the more serious respiratory illness. Generally, someone with a cold will complain of a stuffy or runny nose, cough and sore throat. Symptoms usually only last a few days. Workplace flu vaccinations are needed to help prevent symptoms like severe fatigue and exhaustion, fever, headache, muscle aches and cough. The symptoms may be similar, but the latter is more severe and longer lasting.
How it spreads
It travels from person to person via wet droplets, shared through sneezing, coughing, talking and kissing. It can also be spread by touching a surface or item that has these droplets and then touching the eyes, mouth or nose.
It is important to get workplace flu vaccinations, as most people are contagious around a day before showing symptoms and up to 7 days afterwards. Children and those with weakened immunity may be contagious for longer. Generally, people have the highest risk of spreading it in the first 3 days.
How to avoid it
People can try to avoid it by having healthy habits, such as avoiding sharing drinks and toothbrushes, cleaning their hands often, covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and cleaning down surfaces often. One of the best ways to avoid getting it is to get annual workplace flu vaccinations.
Potential effects on your business
The disease results in over 1,500,000 days of lost productivity every year, which can have huge costs to businesses. Unlike the common cold, this disease often lasts for 1-2 weeks, with fatigue lasting 3 weeks. It is also extremely contagious, meaning if one employee has it, others are likely to get it, too – even if they aren’t showing symptoms yet!
Research has shown that employees who have had workplace flu vaccinations have around half the amount of sick days and doctors’ visits compared to people who didn’t have the shot. The shot can also minimise risk of injuries, as those who are sick have slower reaction times and may be more prone to accidents.
Getting a workplace flu vaccinations program started in your business is simple. A trained, qualified and experienced team will attend your site and provide the shot to staff. It takes just several minutes out of your staff’s day and provides great long term benefits to both them and your business.
Just choose an official provider and make a booking! They will help customise their service to meet your unique needs, and will offer an off-site service for any staff who cannot make the registered day. The nurses will then attend your site on the agreed upon day and administer the shots in a swift and professional manner.
How effective is it?
Clinical studies have suggested that the immunisation is 70% effective at preventing serious symptoms in healthy adults. Efficacy depends on a number of factors, including:
- Health conditions
- Strain of virus
Immunisation in 2020
The World Health Organisation (WHO) releases annual recommendations regarding the composition of the virus used in the immunisations. They have suggested three changes to the Southern Hemisphere workplace flu vaccinations given in 2019. This ensures it is kept up to date and effective.