Written by J. Sundberg

While you can’t require your employees to get the flu shot, it’s a good idea to at least offer it when flu season rolls around. It’s a cheap, effective way to make sure your entire team isn’t swiftly wiped out for a week when you need them most. In fact, offering employees the flu vaccination for free can even save you money in the long run.

1. Flu Vaccinations are Good for Business

The flu cost U.S. employers a total of over $21 billion in productivity this past flu season. 2017/2018 had a particularly severe flu season, but that doesn’t mean 2018/2019 will be better. The virus spreads fast, particularly in high-traffic places like workplaces and schools.

The average cost of a lost workday per employee is $200, and the average number of lost workdays per employee with the flu is 5 days. That means that in total, you could reach up to $1,000 in lost workdays per employee with the flu. A vaccination is a much better option if you’re looking to start the New Year productively.

2. This Flu Season is Already Bad in Colorado

The new year has just begun, and already, Colorado has seen close to 300 people hospitalized with the flu. In fact, our state is among the worst affected in the country. Colorado and Georgia were the only two states that tested for very high levels of flu cases. The sooner your employees get the flu shot, the more protected your workplace will be.

3. It’s Easy to Offer Vaccinations for Employees

Flu season could last through March, but it does take about two weeks for the vaccination to become effective. That’s why it’s important to get started now. Whether you want your employees to get vaccinated at work or on their own time, there are options.

Option 1: Send your employees to a nearby clinic that offers the flu vaccination

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has locations in Brighton, Northglenn and Fort Lupton, Colorado. The flu shot is still available, and your employees can walk in with no appointment needed.

Option 2: Bring the clinic to your workplace

It’s become increasingly common in recent years for employers to offer on-site flu vaccinations. Using our advanced mobile clinic, we can vaccinate your entire staff at your workplace in one fast visit. Learn how you can schedule the mobile clinic to visit your company this month.