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Protecting Your Workplace: The Importance of the Flu Shot for Employees

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Written by: Dana Wisniewski, MS | Health Promotion Manager | AdvantageHealth Corporation

The arrival of autumn brings not only crisp weather and falling leaves but also the inevitable flu season. While many of us associate the flu with a few days of discomfort, its impact on the workplace can be more significant than you might think.

How the flu shot can protect both your employees' health and the productivity of your workplace:

  1. Preventing Illness: The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can strike suddenly, causing symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. In severe cases, it can lead to hospitalization or even death. By getting a flu shot, employees can significantly reduce their risk of contracting and spreading the flu to coworkers, helping maintain a healthy work environment.

  2. Reducing Absenteeism: When employees get sick with the flu, they often need to take time off work to recover. This absenteeism can strain the workforce, disrupt projects, and lead to decreased productivity. By taking a proactive step to prevent the flu, employees can reduce the likelihood of falling ill and missing work, ultimately benefiting both themselves and their employers.

  3. Supporting Coworkers: The flu shot isn't just about protecting yourself; it's also about protecting those around you. When employees get vaccinated, they contribute to the development of herd immunity within the workplace. This means that if a significant portion of the workforce is immune to the flu, the virus has a harder time spreading, safeguarding coworkers who may be more vulnerable to severe illness, such as pregnant women, older adults, or individuals with chronic health conditions.

  4. Enhancing Workplace Productivity: A healthier workforce is a more productive workforce. When employees are well, they are more focused, energized, and capable of performing their tasks efficiently. By getting vaccinated against the flu, employees can help ensure that their workplace remains a hub of productivity rather than a breeding ground for illness.

  5. Demonstrating Corporate Responsibility: Many employers offer flu shots as part of their workplace wellness programs. Encouraging employees to get vaccinated not only shows concern for their well-being but also reflects corporate responsibility and commitment to maintaining a healthy work environment. It sends a positive message that the organization cares about the health and safety of its employees.

Let AdvantageHealth Coordinate & Implement your Fall Flu Shots

Pricing includes nursing staff (RNs and LPNs), Quadrivalent Vaccine, supplies, consent forms and VIS forms.

We’ll handle all the planning and delivery for your clinics, including:

  • A dedicated account team to ensure seamless coordination, scheduling and execution.

  • Staffing licensed nursing personnel trained in providing vaccinations according to our protocols.

  • Coordinating between multiple locations.

  • Providing vaccines for scheduled clinics, maintained following strict cold-chain requirements.

  • Hosting an online scheduling and appointment reminder system for employees.

  • Removing medical waste after the clinic.

  • Providing a final report with number of participants.

  • Marketing and educational materials to help encourage participation.

  • Flu shot vouchers for those who cannot attend in person on the day of your event.

  • Offering both direct billing and insurance billing options.

What to expect when you work with us:

  • Confirming: Once we agree on clinic dates and times, we’ll send you a confirmation email with all details about your event – date, location, start time and duration, and any special requests.

  • Marketing: We provide you with electronic materials to promote your event and spread awareness throughout your organization.

  • Registering: Employees can sign up for an appointment online to optimize their productivity, they will receive an email reminder before their scheduled appointment.

  • Reminding: Three weeks out from your event, we send a reminder email message.

  • One the day of your clinic, our licensed nurses will bring all the supplies required to hold your flu event.

  • Reporting: Upon completion of your events, we’ll provide a final report with number of participants by location.

All you need to provide is a private space for our nurse to work such as a conference room, empty office with a door, or other room that can be closed off.

Learn more about our flu shots.

Email Becky Olson, Wellness Services Manager at or call 612-823-4470 (select option 3).

Since 2001, Minnesota-based AdvantageHealth has been delivering award-winning employee wellbeing programs and fitness center design & management throughout the U.S.

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