How Corporate Flu Shot Providers Can Save Your Business Money
Working with corporate flu shot providers is a great way to defend your organisation against the infectious viral disease that strikes during winter. Getting your staff immunised is important – did you know that absences from work due to the illness have cost Australian business owners a total of over $2.5 billion?
Getting vaccinated is easy and cost-effective. Here’s everything you need to know.
Symptoms of the disease
The most common symptoms of the illness are:
- Sore throat
- High fever
- Muscle and joint soreness.
The disease is highly infectious and easy to catch; it spreads person to person, mostly through contact with respiratory droplets, which are spread through coughing, kissing, sneezing or touching something that the virus is on. The incubation period lasts between 24-72 hours and symptoms tend to last for 3-7 days.
It is an acute disease, which means that it progresses quickly and requires immediate care. While it is not typically life-threatening (usually a sinus or ear infection is the worst that ends up happening), there can be some potentially fatal complications associated with it in some cases. The elderly, children under 5 years, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions (like heart disease, asthma and diabetes) have a higher risk of developing life-threatening complications such as severe asthma attacks, brain inflammation or organ failure.
Warning signs to look out for include:
- Blue skin
- Sudden dizziness
- Fast breathing or shortness of breath
- Fever with a rash
- Severe or frequent vomiting
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Intense irritability
- Pain/pressure in chest or abdomen
- Inability to eat
- No tears when crying
- Trouble breathing
- Fewer wet nappies than usual
If any of these symptoms are present, seek emergency medical assistance immediately.
Spreading the illness can be avoided by frequent hand washing (especially before eating or drinking), keeping your distance from people whilst sick, and covering your mouth with a tissue before sneezing or coughing (and disposing of the tissue afterwards).
Costs of the disease to businesses
Statistics suggest that 1 in 4 people in a business will contract the disease each year during the peak winter season. This can have detrimental effects on overall functioning; individual and business productivity decline as absenteeism, service interruptions and the costs of healthcare all wreak havoc on a business’ financial situation and staff morale.
How corporate flu shot providers can help
As this is an illness that can easily be prevented through vaccination, suffering from it is simply unnecessary. Ensuring that your staff are immunized annually is the most effective way to avoid the negative consequences of the disease.
Getting immunized reduces the likelihood of contracting the disease by around 70%. This in turn can improve business productivity, boost employee performance, and reduce absences and healthcare costs.
The vaccination is approved by The Therapeutic Goods Administration to be safe and effective – and you can’t catch the illness from the vaccine, as it is not a live virus.