Workplace Flu Vaccination

Workplace Flu Vaccination

Peak Pharmacy can offer workplace flu vaccinations for your teams! With our corporate workplace flu jab service, our highly trained pharmacists will visit you at a time and place that is convenient for you.

Looking for a personal flu vaccination? Our community pharmacies can offer this service. Have a read of our Flu vaccinations page or contact you local Peak Pharmacy for more information.

Influenza, commonly referred to as flu, is an illness that has a significant impact on our economy. A meta-analysis of 289 papers entitled “The Impact of Influenza on Working Days Lost: A Review of Literature” found that individuals diagnosed with an influenza-like illness frequently reported absence from work for a range of 3.7-5.9 days per episode. Whilst the data shows just the number of days off sick per individual, the review also highlights the loss of productivity caused by staff returning to work at reduced capacity, and the impact this has on the rest of the team.

The year 2020 will go down in history as the year that COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, caused havoc for businesses of all sizes. Even those who did well out of the COVID-19 pandemic have had challenges to surmount like coping with unusual demand due to illness, self-isolation and social distancing. This winter is being viewed as a significant moment for the UK with not only the burden of flu but the threat of a COVID-19 resurgence. With the potential for both viruses circulating many businesses are already getting prepared for a winter like no other.

The Flu Virus

The transmission of seasonal influenza typically occurs between November and March each Winter with peak numbers of cases occurring in December, January and February. Transmission in the workplace is common and during the first 5 days of illness, it is very easy to spread the virus to other people. The flu virus can even live on hard surfaces for 24 hours. Flu symptoms come on very quickly and generally include the following:

  • A sudden fever (>37.9C)
  • Aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Dry Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea, or Vomiting

Most individuals who develop these symptoms will start feeling better after about 7 days but may take much longer to fully recover. For some individuals, Influenza can be dangerous leading to hospital admissions and occasionally death. This all leads to significant periods of time off work and reduced productivity for the workforce.

The Flu Vaccine

What is the flu vaccine? The flu vaccine is an injection you can have every year to protect you and others from getting influenza also called seasonal flu. The vaccine is usually given every year because many different strains of flu can circulate each winter. It is important to make sure you are protected against the strains that are most likely to be in circulation.

The injection is normally given in to the upper arm and administration is generally easy, quick and believe it or not relatively painless. The process is so easy that individuals can get straight back to work after vaccination.

Are there any side effects? Side effects are relatively limited. Common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Aches and pains
  • and Local injection site reactions like pain, tenderness and swelling at the injection site.
  • Occasionally, individuals will report fevers.

The Flu vaccine is NOT a live vaccine. It is for that reason that it is impossible to catch flu from a flu vaccine, but many of the side effects that can occur are also similar to the symptoms associated with flu which were listed earlier. This often leads people to think they got Flu from the flu vaccine which is not the case.

Most side effects listed above are short-lived and are the exception rather than the norm with only around 1 in 10 patients reporting side effects.

The Workplace Flu Service

Peak Pharmacy has for many years operated off-site corporate flu vaccination programmes administering jabs at local businesses in convenient settings. We visit clients every year in factories, schools and offices, and experience has shown us that the number of vaccines administered is always higher if the vaccines are administered at work. The aim should be to vaccinate as many individuals as possible to ensure the programme is cost-effective for your business.

Many groups, including ourselves, also offer Flu Vouchers. Flu Vouchers are a great way of getting your workforce vaccinated, but uptake is not usually high meaning less of your team gets protected. The lower uptake is usually due to a lack of convenience, a problem that is mitigated if the vaccines are done in the workplace,

Our Trained Team

Our clinics are led by experienced community pharmacist’s who day to day work in our pharmacies helping members of the public with their medicines. All our pharmacists are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and all our pharmacists are annually DBS checked for your peace of mind. DBS Certificates and ID can be made available prior to a clinic. Expect great communication skills and service with a smile when our team comes to your workplace.

Where do we Operate?

Peak Pharmacy can provide off-site vaccination services in the following localities and areas:

Derbyshire

Nottinghamshire

Manchester

Staffordshire

Milton Keynes

Flu vaccine prices start from as little as £10.50 per dose plus a small site administration fee. Why not get in touch with us now to enquire? Availability is limited and must be booked in advance to ensure we have sufficient stock available.

References:

1 – Keech M, Beardsworth P. The impact of influenza on working days lost: a review of the literature. Pharmacoeconomics. 2008;26(11):911‐924. doi:10.2165/00019053-200826110-00004

2- Flu. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

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