Flu shot clinics
Why promote flu shot clinics?
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness and can lead to pneumonia and heart problems. It affects breathing and the lungs and does not cause gastro-intestinal problems, or what many call the stomach flu.
Getting a flu vaccine every year can help prevent the spread of influenza at work, among family members, and in the community, protecting those at high risk, like babies, people with chronic illnesses, and the elderly. Employees are more likely to get a shot at a worksite clinic than if they are encouraged to go on their own, especially when the flu shot vendor submits health insurance forms for the employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual flu vaccination is the single best way to prevent seasonal flu and programs targeted to adults younger than 65 have demonstrated:
- A 34 to 44 percent reduction in physician visits and insurance claims
- A 32 to 45 percent reduction in lost workdays
How can I help?
Focus on key preventive messages to your staff such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick or caring for sick family members.
If you can offer flu shot clinics at your worksite, follow the steps and tips below. Most vendors will help with logistics such as scheduling, registration, and site set-up.
- Find a vendor from our flu shot vendor list.
- Contact the vendor four to six weeks before the date of the event.
- Use our flu shot checklist to discuss these details with the vendor you choose.
Try finding a vendor who can bill Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) or Kaiser Permanente NW (formerly Group Health) directly. If you are part of a smaller workplace (fewer than 50 people) or are geographically distant from major cities, you may need to choose a local vendor that will bill the plans. Some drugstores and grocery stores with pharmacies may provide these services.
What if I cannot host flu shot clinics?
If you cannot offer flu shot clinics at your worksite, encourage employees to get a flu shot on their own. Remind them that their health benefits typically offer flu shots at no extra cost.