It has long been known that flu (influenza) can significantly increase work absenteeism, increasing costs and putting extra burden on non-affected staff. This has also been shown to reduce morale. Many organisations recognise this and offer their staff a flu vaccination as part of their occupational health provision.
Flu symptoms are severe and will invariably keep a member of staff off work for at least a week. The virus attacks the throat, nose and lungs causing high fever, headaches, aching joints, coughs and general tiredness. Flu Xpress Ltd have proven to redice staff absenteeism due to flu by having workplace flu vaccinations. A Council measured staff absenteeism and costs due to illness. Flu represented 75 lost days per year costing over £11,000. Flu Xpress Ltd conducted a workplace flu clinic and reduced the lost days to 10 and the cost to below £1,000. The cost of the flu clinic was only £729.
Even if symptoms are mild, it is not advisable that the member of staff comes into work as the flu virus is highly contagious.
It is very easy to organise to have your staff vaccinated. Call the Flu Xpress team on 0845 468 2404 and we will do the rest.