Make your Corporate Flu Shot Clinic a Priority this Flu Season
As we reach the halfway point in 2021, America is starting to get back on its feet again. After suffering the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for the past 15 months, more than 40% of Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that activities for those Americans can be resumed without face masks and social distancing (unless otherwise regulated in their area). Those who are fully vaccinated are also now exempt from COVID-19 screenings, testing and quarantine periods after travel or suspected exposure to the coronavirus. In many ways, life will be returning to some semblance of normal for many Americans, moving forward.
Increased Risks this Flu Season
With this sense of normalcy comes a renewed risk for other illnesses. While so many Americans stayed at home, kept their distance from others, increased their handwashing and wore a mask to shield themselves from viruses and germs, illnesses such as common colds, stomach viruses and influenza took a back-seat for the past 15 months. However, as many Americans prepare to abandon those once-mandated preventative measures, they are now susceptible to those illnesses once again.
Influenza is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. The CDC estimates that the 2019-2020 flu season led to tens of millions of cases of the flu and up to 62,000 related deaths. That was before the pandemic got involved.
The 2021-2022 Flu Season
Twice a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) meets with health experts to review influenza data from the previous flu season. Together, they predict the most common strains of influenza for the coming flu season and develop flu vaccines accordingly. This year, their meeting in February concluded that due to such a drastic reduction in flu cases around the world, a very small percentage of people developed immunity to last year’s strains. Therefore, the flu vaccine for the 2021-2022 season will be similar to that of the previous season.
Corporate Flu Shot Clinics are a Must
As always, health experts predict the flu season will start in early October and can run into May. Flu shots take about two weeks to be effective and corporate flu shot clinics should time their programs accordingly. Some symptoms of the flu are similar to those of COVID-19 but the illnesses are not the same and the vaccine for one does not prevent you from contracting the other.
Midland Health has the experience and knowledge your company needs to facilitate a professional on-site flu clinic. In most cases, Midland Health’s flu shot services are covered by Medicare. Contact Midland Health for your On-site Flu Shot Clinic quote and book your company’s flu shot initiative now.
Hosting a Corporate Flu Shot Clinic provides many benefits, including:
- Reduced cost to your company through decreased time away from work due to getting vaccinated elsewhere
- Reduced cost through absence due to illness, thus improving productivity
- Improves company morale
- Boosts your company’s Corporate Wellness Program
- Improves the overall health of your workplace
- Boosts your employees’ comfort level in returning to a safer workplace
“Flu Sight”, part of the CDC’s Epidemic Prediction Initiative, suggests that the 2021-2022 flu season will be hard to predict. With many Americans returning to some sense of normal life, the best way to prepare for the coming flu season is to receive your flu shot. The vaccine against COVID-19 arrived amidst the pandemic. The vaccine against the flu is available to you before the flu season arrives. Make it a priority this year, to protect yourself, your family and your workplace against the flu virus.