Workplace Flu Vaccination Clinics
As the flu season is now underway, it won’t be long until you start seeing its effects on your workforce. Stop this highly infectious illness spreading through your organisation by securing your preferred dates for a Flu Vaccination Clinic. Workplace absence can be costly:
- In 2012, each absent employee cost their employer £975 on average, and cost to the UK economy of absence was over £14bn. 1
- In 2013, Minor illnesses (including flu) were the most common reason given for sickness absence. 2
Our Workplace Flu Vaccination Programme can help protect your staff against catching the virus, minimising work absenteeism and associated costs. The Programme includes one of our Clinicians delivering a Vaccination Clinic on your site, as well as relevant supporting materials (e.g. promotional posters and post-vaccination advice).
Book early to secure dates to suit you – vaccinations ideally should take place between September and early November before flu starts circulating in the community. (Please note: numbers will be required at time of booking).
- Minimise disruption to daily operations by pre-booking Clinic slots
- Vaccinations are quick, only 10 minutes needed per person
- Easy access to the Clinic encourages high staff uptake
- Eliminates the need for individual doctor/pharmacy visits.
Take action now to keep your staff healthy and fit to work throughout the flu season.
No, flu symptoms tend to hit suddenly, last longer and be more severe than the common cold. Typical flu symptoms include the sudden appearance of high fever with chills, headache, aching muscles, weakness and sometimes a cough and sore throat. Flu can make you feel very tired and you may find yourself sleeping or resting for the majority of the time that you don’t feel well. The infection lasts for around seven days.
Flu is unpredictable. It is not possible to predict fully the strains that will circulate each year, and there is always a risk of a change in the virus as was seen in the last season. However, this does not happen very often. The most likely viruses that will cause flu each year are identified by the World Health Organisation in advance of the flu season and vaccines are then made to match them as closely as possible. Flu vaccines protect against the main three or four types of flu virus most likely to be circulating. During the last ten years the vaccine has generally been a good match for the circulating strains. The vaccine still provides the best protection available against an unpredictable virus that can cause severe illness.
The flu vaccine for each winter helps provide protection against the strains of flu that are likely to be present and may be different from last year’s. For this reason, it is recommended that vaccinations should be repeated yearly. In addition, protection from the flu vaccine may only last about six months so the flu vaccine should be taken each flu season.
Antibiotics won’t treat flu. Viruses cause flu, and antibiotics only work against bacteria. A bacterial infection may occur as a result of having the flu, in which case you may be given antibiotics.
Almost everybody can have the vaccine, but anyone who has ever had a serious allergy to the vaccine, or any of its ingredients, should not be vaccinated. Anyone allergic to eggs or who has a condition that weakens the immune system may not be able to have certain types of flu vaccine. This should be checked with the Clinic nurse or the individual’s GP prior to the vaccination. Anyone with a fever may be advised to delay the vaccination until they recover.
Yes. All pregnant women should have the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their babies. The flu vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards.
It takes between 10 and 14 days for the immune system to respond fully after vaccination.
Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary between people, so it's not a 100% guarantee that individuals will be flu-free, but if they contract flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been. 3
Yes, provided the individual is not ill with fever.
No. The vaccine does not contain any live viruses, so it cannot cause flu.
The flu jab doesn't usually cause side effects. However, some may experience mild fever and slight muscle aches for a day or so after the vaccination. Other reactions are rare, and flu jabs are very safe.
No, these are not part of our offering. The flu nasal spray is routinely given to a) healthy children aged two, three and four plus children in school years 1 and 2, and b) children aged 2 – 17 at a particular risk of flu.
Season flu usually begins in the autumn (September to November) and continues through the winter months, so it is advised to have the flu vaccinations in the autumn before any outbreaks of flu start circulating in the community. 4