Impact on the Workplace
Vaccines are a cost-effective measure in preventing serious illness and disease. Seasonal influenza, pneumonia, and pertussis are some of the most common infections in the United States but are also some of the most preventable.
Seasonal influenza and pneumonia, combined, are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Both, along with pertussis, can virtually halt operations in any sized company. Worker absences, decreases in productivity and increases in healthcare expenditures all impact the bottom line.
Unvaccinated children can also take a toll on workplace productivity as parents will take time off to care for sick children. Most child and adolescent vaccines are cost saving, sparing companies considerable burdens associated with illnesses.
Vaccine preventable diseases such as seasonal influenza, pneumonia and pertussis cause unnecessary absenteeism, reduced productivity and increased medical costs. They spread easily from person to person so employee education, promoting family immunization and easy access to receiving vaccinations can protect your employees, their family, friends and coworkers.
Worksite prevention strategies for the 2011-2012 flu season - Make it Your Business to Fight the Flu toolkit.
Find out more about worksite vaccination programs: Worksite Health Promotion.
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