What You’ll Need to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Travel

Kotor Montenegro
View of Kotor, Montenegro overlooking Our Lady of Health

 

Travel intelligence company Skift has released their list of the fastest-growing countries in travel, a kind of top-ten list for the destinations around the world that are becoming more popular with tourists. The list includes five Asian countries, four African nations and one European country. With some surprises and one or two more common entries, let’s run down the list and see what you might need to travel safely to any of these nations.

1. Namibia (+9.7%)
Namibia is probably one of the countries you would least expect to top out this list, but, after a little research, it becomes pretty apparent why it’s tops. With safaris, great beaches and one of the craziest marathons you’ve ever heard of (a 7-day ultramarathon through the desert), it becomes pretty obvious whey people want to go here. As with most African countries, Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations are practically mandatory, and getting a Hepatitis B shot might not be a bad idea either. Malaria is prevalent in the country, so be sure to take proper precautions.

2. China (+8.7%)
Travel to China has become somewhat easier over the years, but the necessary precautions have stayed about the same. Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Typhoid and Yellow Fever shots are recommended for most travelers, and a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination may be highly suggested depending on the region you are going to. There has been an outbreak of the disease in the southern regions of China, so be sure to consult with your travel health specialist before embarking on your adventure.

3. Montenegro (+8.1%)
Montenegro has the dual honor of being the only European country on the list and the country requiring the least medical preparations. As usual, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are highly suggested as well as rabies, depending on where you may be headed. Montenegro is a beautiful country on the shores of the Mediterranean steeped in Western and Eastern European history, making it a great stop for any traveler.

4. India (+7.8%)
The fact that India made this list shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It is a beautiful country that offers all kinds of adventures and sights. Be sure to have the Hepatitis A and B vaccinations as well as Typhoid and Yellow Fever shots before going. Also, be very careful of drinking water in the country. Drink from bottles, and avoid ice at restaurants.

5. Gabon (+7.8%)
While Gabon’s tourism is still growing out of an underdeveloped state, it has become a hit with tourists especially since hunting has been made legal from December to September of each year. Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and yellow fever shots are typically needed as is taking malaria medication before, during, and after traveling to the country.

6. Angola (+7.4%)
Medically, Angola is largely the same as Gabon, but for tourism, the countries are as different as night and day. A Washington Post article described Angola as, “a giant jigsaw puzzle of different climates, landscapes, cultures and colors.” Sounds like fun to us!

7. Zambia (+7.3%)
While Zambia isn’t the most developed country in the world, it has been described as being ‘authentic’ Africa. Safaris, fishing, hiking: this is the type of place you go for adventure, not just a relaxing stay. That being said, extra precautions do need to be taken. The Yellow Fever vaccination is generally required here, and be sure to plan your trip around the time of year that you are going. Zambia has three distinct seasons: dry, hot, and wet. Don’t be caught wearing a raincoat during the hot season, or you probably won’t be having a good time!

8. Cambodia (+7%)
If you are looking for a trip that includes beauty and history, Cambodia is one of the best locations around. This country has been through loss and rebuilding many times, but, despite those incidents, it has retained a beauty that few locales can equal. If you plan on traveling here, be sure to have your Hepatitis A and B shots as well as Yellow Fever. Other vaccinations like rabies or Japanese Encephalitis may be required depending on what you may be doing.

9. Mongolia (+6.9%)
Just north of China, Mongolia is a beautiful country that is becoming more and more popular with tourists. The Centers for Disease Control recommends being vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B as well as Typhoid before traveling to the country, especially if you are an adventurous eater, as Typhoid is still endemic.

10. Philippines (+6.9%)
We end our list on one of the most popular island groups in the world. The Philippines has something for almost every type of traveler. History, beaches, urban areas: if you can’t find something to do here, then traveling may just not be your thing! But, you need to come prepared. The Yellow Fever vaccine is, once again, recommended as well as Hepatitis A and B and a typhoid vaccination. Japanese encephalitis, polio and rabies vaccines may be recommended depending on the types of excursions you might be taking.

If you have any additional questions about what might be required to travel to any of these locations or anywhere else in the world, feel free to contact any of our travel health specialists here at Passport Health by calling 1-888-499-PASS (7277) or by visiting your local Passport Health location.

The Flu Report: 9/19/2014

Flu Near You Map - Week 1
Image courtesy of flunearyou.org. Click here to view the interactive map.

 

Welcome to the first Flu Report! This weekly blog post has been specifically designed to be a quick and simple read to inform you on how influenza is spreading throughout the United States and the world at large as well as to provide you with helpful tips to avoid getting sick.

This week, prevention is the driving force in the flu world. Throughout the country, Passport Health, local doctors, and various other clinics are helping to provide vaccinations to millions of individuals who are trying to stay as healthy as possible. However, this prevention doesn’t mean that infection hasn’t started.

Overview:

Flu season is still in its early stages at this point in 2014. Just under 2% of those reporting with FluNearYou.org are currently showing an influenza-like illness, on par with CDC estimates that sit at about 1-3% of the population in most areas of the United States having been ill at this point in flu season. The areas with the highest concentrations of infection are Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Mississippi, Kentucky and Vermont. More than 5% of the population has reported infection in each of these areas.

By the Numbers:

In the United States, the CDC has reported:

  • Flu Cases – 185
  • Flu-related Hospitalizations – No current data
  • Flu-related Deaths – No current data

NOTE: Flu cases, as referenced above, are confirmed cases in people who have gone to see medical professionals. Percentage estimates, referenced in the “Overview” section, include these documented cases from medical professionals but also a variety of other self-reported metrics.

As flu season progresses, more up to date information will become available.

Around the World:

Russia, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa are currently the hardest hit countries by the flu, according to Google Flu Trends which tracks searches and web activity that is linked to the spread of influenza.

Staying Healthy:

Our tip for this week: wash your hands! Use soap and warm water and rub your hands for at least 15 to 20 seconds in order to remove any potential viruses. Although gel sanitizers and alcohol based wipes are always helpful, washing your hands before eating and after using the restroom is a great habit that can save you from the pain of the flu. But, as always, the best preventative measure is getting vaccinated against the flu.

The Flu Report is a weekly blog post designed to give updates on the spread of influenza throughout the year. It is posted every Friday and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.

Will There Be a Dengue Fever Vaccine?

Image of Mosquito on a leaf

 

Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has announced that its dengue fever vaccine has achieved a 60.8% success rate in large-scale clinical trials.

The trials were conducted in Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Honduras and Puerto Rico and found that, of the 20,875 children immunized in the study, 42.3% became immune to the disease. Although this a considerably lower success rate than what most vaccines have, Sanofi’s dengue fever vaccine shows that it lessens the severity of dengue fever by close to 90%, making it an effective immunity booster.

Sanofi is hoping to begin filing regulatory applications by early 2015 and hopes to reach out to over 100 countries in order to better target dengue fever.

This announcement comes just a few days after the beginnings of what appears to be a dengue fever outbreak in Japan. A total of 47 people in the Tokyo, Japan area have been diagnosed with the disease since August 27. This is the first dengue fever outbreak in the country in nearly 70 years.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that causes fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain. It can develop into a serious condition if untreated. Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of contracting the disease, and it affects as many as 100 million people per year.

While no vaccine is currently on the market for dengue fever, there are other preventative measures that can be taken like using mosquito nets or insect repellant in order to avoid infection.

For more information on dengue fever or other tropical diseases, especially if you will be traveling to an affected zone, please contact a Passport Health travel specialist via our website or by calling 1-888-499-PASS (7277).

Sources:
CDC- Dengue
Passport Health- Dengue Fever Prevention
Reuters- Final trial confirms efficacy of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine

Protect Your Health and Finances with Travel Evacuation Insurance

Be prepared for any medical emergency while traveling

 

Whether you’re taking an international trip for business or pleasure, the last thing you want to do is risk your health and financial future by being unprepared for a medical emergency. Illnesses, acute conditions and injuries can occur anywhere and happen to anyone at any time. You can help protect yourself by considering health and travel insurance policies specific to your trip.

What Is Travel Health and Medical Evacuation Insurance?

There are three main types of travel-related health insurance to consider for your international trip. These include:

  • Travel health insurance. If you have a chronic medical condition, this type of insurance helps to ensure that you’ll receive the same high-quality care you’d expect at home in North America.
  • Medical evacuation insurance. If you suffer from an injury or sudden acute event such as a heart attack, medical evacuation insurance covers the cost of transportation to get you to medical facilities with the high standard of care you’d receive at home in the United States or Canada.
  • Trip cancellation insurance. Perhaps a hurricane, civil conflict or a personal issue in your life has gotten in the way of your trip. This type of insurance reduces your financial losses from canceling your plane tickets, lodging and other travel-related expenses.

Who Should Get Travel Health and Medical Evacuation Insurance?

Even if you’re healthy, stay active and have no known medical conditions, insurance is still a good way to protect yourself. One fall on a hiking trail and your necessary evacuation on a medical helicopter or private jet to a hospital could set you back tens of thousands of dollars without the right type of insurance. In some places around the world, you may have to pay the cost of your treatment and transportation on the spot before any service is provided. In the event that you are unable to complete the duration of your trip, travel health insurance and medical evacuation insurance may reimburse you for your expenses. Without these insurance policies, you could be taken to a subpar facility without the medical services, diagnostic equipment, supplies and treatment that you require. Obtaining adequate travel and international health insurance coverage helps to ensure that you’ll get the care you need at a place with exemplary standards of care.

Preparing for a Healthy International Trip

Taking a few steps before you depart on an international trip can help ensure you’re ready for the rigors of this type of travel. A pre-travel health consultation with a travel health specialist can ascertain whether you’re in need of any vaccinations. You can also receive preventative medications, such as anti-malarial drugs based upon your travel destination, and tips on packing for a healthy trip. You’ll learn which over the counter medications, first aid supplies, mosquito repellant, sunscreen and water purification kits will help keep you healthy.

With the right travel health steps and proper insurance policies, you keep yourself firmly in charge of your health. Especially if you are traveling on a mission trip, doing medical volunteer work, or engaging in extreme adventure travel, be sure you are prepared for any eventuality!

Sources:
Passport Health: 3 Types of Travel Health Insurance to Consider
Centers for Disease Control: Travel Insurance, Travel Health Insurance and Medical Evacuation Insurance
Petergreenberg.com: Why You Need Medical Travel Insurance
Petergreenberg.com: Your Checklist for International Travel

Outbreak of Whooping Cough Continues in North America

Infant getting vaccinated

 

Whooping cough is an illness caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It’s spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. After a one to two week incubation period, symptoms including cough and shortness of breath develop. The illness can last six weeks or longer, and those infected are contagious for the duration of the illness. While whooping cough is a vaccine preventable disease, the number of cases has drastically increased, including recent outbreaks throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Whooping Cough Outbreak

Outbreaks of whooping cough are occurring simultaneously throughout the U.S. and Canada. From small towns to medium cities and metropolises, whooping cough seems to be everywhere. Those who are becoming ill range from migrant farm workers in Mattawa, WA to children in California or adults in Boston and throughout Canada.

Why Are There So Many Whooping Cough Cases?

Many communities have seen more cases this year than were reported in the entire U.S. or Canada just a few years ago. A less effective vaccine, a reduction in childhood vaccination rates as well as a population of adults who were never vaccinated against whooping cough make up several of the reasons why there are currently so many cases of the disease in the U.S. and Canada. Public health officials analyzing vaccination rates have found that personal belief exemption rates for opposition to vaccination is perhaps the leading cause of the increase in cases of the disease. Adults may show just a mild cough or even no symptoms, yet they can spread the disease to infants and children, sometimes with disastrous consequences.

How to Protect Yourself Against Whooping Cough

The best way to protect yourself, your family and those you come into contact with is to get vaccinated. Vaccination is particularly important for pregnant women, infants, child care workers, parents and grandparents of young children and anyone who works in a healthcare setting. Many adults do not realize that vaccination against whooping cough does not confer lifelong immunity. In fact, a booster is needed about every 10 years to maintain your defenses against whooping cough. Pregnant women can get a vaccine or a booster during the third trimester of pregnancy so that antibodies are passed along to the baby. Infant immunization can begin as early as the age of six weeks. In addition to vaccination, anyone who has a cough for more than 7 days should be evaluated by a physician. Up to 20 percent of coughs lasting for 7 days or longer in adults are caused by whooping cough.

Who Should Get Vaccinated

Anyone who comes into contact with infants or children should get a whooping cough vaccination or booster shot. Because the youngest of infants are at the greatest risk of complications and death, a protective circle of vaccination of all their caregivers is essential to reducing their risk of this potentially deadly infection. School-age children should also receive a booster shot, especially if they have younger siblings at home.

Scheduling Your Vaccination

You can get a whooping cough vaccination or booster shot from a Passport Health travel health specialist. You can also receive information about staying healthy during travel, getting immunizations for international trips, using sunscreen, selecting mosquito repellent and protecting your overall health.

Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines
C-Health: Whooping Cough
The Boston Globe: With Disease’s Resurgence, Officials Urge Whooping Cough Boosters
The California Report: Sonoma County Has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic
California Department of Public Health: California Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues
KREM.com: Whooping Cough Outbreak Continues in Mattawa

What is Ebola and How Does it Spread?

West African Nurse washing hands

 

The largest Ebola outbreak in all of history is happening in West Africa, right now. The uncontrolled outbreak has primarily affected the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Previously, the disease had not affected large cities; however, the pandemic has made its way to all three of the West African capitals. Most recently, Ebola has spread to Nigeria, where there are now reported cases of infection.

What is Ebola?

Ebola is the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF). Ebola HF belongs to a group of diseases called “viral hemorrhagic fevers” (VHF). It is a severe and often deadly disease that infects humans and non-human primates (which include chimpanzees, gorillas, and moneys). Ebola HF is caused by the virus, Ebolavirus, which has five subspecies. Only four identified subspecies infect humans: Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus); Sudan virus (Sudan ebolavirus); Taï Forest virus (Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly known as Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus); and Bundibugyo virus (Bundibugyo ebolavirus). The fifth subspecies, Reston virus (Reston ebolavirus), has only caused disease in non-human primates.

The current outbreak is of the Zaire strain. This strain of Ebola is known to be the deadliest of the five.

How does Ebola spread?

Experts believe that the virus is zoonotic, or animal-borne. Although the natural reservoir of the virus is unknown, they believe that bats are most likely the reservoir. Four of the five subspecies of Ebola are identified in an animal host native to Africa.

Once the disease is present in humans, it is spread human-to-human through close contact. Human-to-human transmission is not airborne. The virus cannot pass through air, water, or food, but occurs through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. These bodily fluids include blood, semen, sweat, and vomit.

There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola. The treatment given to people who have been infected with Ebola is supportive care to make them as comfortable as possible while the disease runs its course.

How can I keep from getting Ebola?

Although there is currently no vaccine for Ebola, the following steps are recommended to prevent from getting the virus:

  • Staying away from people who have Ebola; avoiding contact with their bodily fluids, secretions, or objects that have been contaminated by them
  • Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Do not touch and/or eat sick or dead wildlife (particularly bats and “bushmeat” from chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys)

For family members, health workers, and others coming into contact with Ebola patients:

  • People infected with Ebola need to be isolated
  • Universal barrier precautions need to be used when coming into contact with someone who is suspected to have
  • Make sure all equipment is properly disposed of
  • Ebola patients should not have sexual intercourse for 7 weeks
  • Be sure to bury those who have died from Ebola while wearing protection, and do not let mourners touch the body of the deceased patient

It is important to note that these precautions are highly recommended for those who are in or traveling to areas that are of high-risk of Ebola. The current outbreak is in West Africa and does not pose a threat to many countries far outside the borders of the area, such as the United States.

If you are planning on traveling to West Africa, be sure to stay up-to-date with health alerts on what is happening in the area. Scheduling a travel health consultation with a travel health specialist is also a good way to prepare yourself by receiving vaccinations for any other disease that may pose a risk in the area.

Sources:
CDC: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
WHO: Disease Outbreak News
International SOS: Ebola in West Africa

Are You a “Silent Traveler?”

travelers using smart phone

 

You walk out of your hotel room and go down to the lobby, unsure of what you want to eat. Do you stop at the concierge desk for a recommendation? How old fashioned! You ask Siri for her recommendation, and continue on your way. Whether it’s Siri on an iPhone, Cortana on your Windows Phone, or the nameless entity that inhabits your Android, travelers are increasingly taking recommendations from devices instead of living, breathing human beings.

Indeed, as Skift recently reported, more and more people are turning away from the physical concierge to their phones in order to find the best restaurants and activities when they are on vacation. And, they wouldn’t want it any other way!

Yelp!, Amazon.com and other sites have made reading reviews before buying something as common place as the ads in the Sunday paper used to be. You always want to know what is best and comes with the highest recommendation, and, when in a foreign country, those tips can make the difference between a great trip and a just okay one.

If a concierge suggests a somewhat adventurous restaurant (monkey brains, anyone?), you might be a little afraid to go. “Sounds great, but that guy LIVES HERE, so he’s used to the food,” you may think to yourself. It’s a common worry that websites and social media can assuage. You’re much more likely to go somewhere a friend or trusted reviewer suggests than the guy the hotel pays to tell you what’s good.

This applies to check-in as well. A Skift report shows that while 81% of people believe that in-person check-in is important, 59% of those individuals claim that they would use self-service check-in if it were faster. The digital age is upon us, and it likely means fewer (real) faces once you get into the lobby.

We’d like to hear from you; are you a silent traveler? Or, do you prefer to interact with the service staff? Feel free to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

New Polio Strain Is As Scary as It Looks

Republic of Congo Map
New polio strain first detected in 2010 outbreak in Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo

 

A recent report out of Germany shows that a new polio strain that killed 209 people in the Congo in 2010 might be able to overcome current polio vaccinations.

In a study conducted at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, researchers found that this new strain changes its form “at a decisive point,” making it resistant to some of the common polio vaccines.

Researchers isolated the virus from several fatal cases and then tested it on the blood samples of 34 medical students at the University of Bonn. Between 15% and 29% of the test samples were entirely unprotected from the mutant strain, despite being vaccinated against polio previously.

It is estimated that anywhere from 20% to 30% of the students sampled could have been infected by the new strain of the virus. However, it is possible that the vaccine would still have helped their immune systems combat the disease.

This finding comes four years after the initial outbreak of the new polio strain in Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo, and confirms what initial research stated. Nearly half the victims of the outbreak were immunized at birth.

While no instance of this new strain has been found in the United States (or anywhere in the developed world), it is something to be aware of that could affect future research.

For more information on the polio vaccination and how you can protect yourself and your family, please contact a Passport Health travel medicine specialist.

Doing Good Globally: GAVI Alliance

Happy Healthy Group

 

Immunization has long been recognized as one of the most efficient, successful, and cost-effective health investments in human history. Studies prove that immunized children have higher cognitive abilities, are more likely to attend school, and are more likely to go on to be productive, healthy adults than their un-immunized counterparts. Unfortunately, even with this compelling evidence, 23 million children, mainly in the developing world, are still not vaccinated against life-threatening, common, preventable diseases. Due to the lack of access to some of the most basic vaccines in these poor and remote communities, precious lives are unnecessarily taken. Every child born, no matter the location of his or her birth, has the right to have the opportunity to live a healthy life, and GAVI Alliance avers that vaccines are the best way to assure this basic human right to life.

In the year 2000, global immunization rates were stagnating, and nearly 30 million children were born every year in developing countries without full access to routine immunizations. In order increase access to life-saving and health preserving vaccines, a unique public-private partnership was created with the help of numerous skilled immunization specialists; the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) was born. The Alliance’s mission was (and continues to be) to save children’s lives and protect global health by increasing access to immunization in the world’s poorest countries. GAVI has brought together low-income countries, donor governments, the WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other private philanthropists and influential individuals into one decision-making body. Working together, these Alliance members have been able to achieve goals no single organization could realize on its own and have made significant strides in closing the gap between children for whom immunization is a given and the millions of children worldwide with no access to basic vaccines. Each partner has brought something different and critically important to the effort to immunize children in the poorest countries, and, together, they have been able to make a huge difference in the world today.

Since GAVI was founded, the partnership has significantly increased immunization coverage and improved the health systems in over 70 countries. By focusing on funding immunization programs in low-income countries and supporting the strengthening of national health systems, GAVI has been able to ensure vaccines for meningitis, maternal neonatal tetanus, yellow fever, measles and other diseases reach individuals in need. The way GAVI works is quite unique, and the Alliance focuses on building on country commitment. Countries that are eligible for GAVI support take the lead by determining what their immunization needs are, applying for funding, and overseeing the implementation of their vaccination programs. GAVI requires that recipient countries contribute towards the cost of the vaccines with GAVI’s co-financing policy. By doing this, ownership of the program is strengthened and long-term sustainability of immunization programs is created. Involvement of recipient country governments and organizations in the vaccine programs demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the health of their populations.

Currently, GAVI is finishing up a second five-year strategy to support its mission and assist developing countries to immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, potentially saving four million more lives. This strategy, which began in 2011, has four main goals, all of which support GAVI’s overall mission: accelerate the uptake and use of underused and new vaccines, contribute to strengthening the capacity of integrated health systems to deliver immunization, increase the predictability of global financing while improving the sustainability of national financing for immunization, and to shape vaccine markets. This strategy also includes a series of programmatic targets and a range of indicators to monitor the progress towards fulfilling GAVI’s mission.

Since GAVI was founded, over 440 million children had been vaccinated due to the Alliance’s work, saving over 6 million lives. With the help of direct contributions, public-private partnerships, and caring individual donations, GAVI is able to continue with its commitment to save and protect millions more lives around the world. As new opportunities arise to prevent additional diseases, GAVI plans to continue making additional vaccines available and hopes to prevent more than 11 million child deaths by 2030.

To make a donation to the GAVI campaign, please visit this webpage, and click here to learn more about the Alliance in general.

How Do I Make My Workplace Flu Shot Program a Success?

Healthy Employees
Keep your employees healthy this flu season and schedule an onsite flu vaccination clinic.

 

People in good health should receive a flu vaccination each year so that they are protected against illness during the flu season, which typically starts in October and ends in the spring. No matter what the size of your company, now is the time to start thinking about holding a workplace flu shot program in order to guarantee the health of your employees later on in the year. However, organizing an on-site flu clinic might seem a bit daunting and you may have concerns about how to maximize the number of vaccinations while not affecting the operation of your business. Thankfully, the process is much easier than you might expect! Here are some tips on how to make your flu shot program a success.

“Advertise” the Event in Advance

You should start making your employees aware of the upcoming event at least three weeks before the vaccination program is set to take place. This will give them ample time to learn about the benefits of flu vaccination, so they can decide for themselves as to whether or not they want to get vaccinated. If you have a company newsletter, you should strongly consider writing a small article about the upcoming vaccination event. Closer to the actual date or dates of the event, you should send out a mass email, reminding employees to sign up if they are interested. Informational posters placed around the office may also help.

Ensure an Ample Supply of the Vaccine

You should make sure that you have enough vaccines for everyone who wants to get one. The best way to do this is to have everyone sign up in advance. Passport Health makes this easy with our unique online signup portals. This way, you can purchase enough flu vaccines and be assured that no one will miss out. If you cannot guarantee an adequate supply, encourage your staff to contact their health specialist and ask for a vaccination. They can also contact pharmacies and clinics in the area in order to schedule a vaccination.

Be Flexible

You probably don’t want to have everyone rushing to the workplace vaccination site at once. As soon as your employees have started to express an interest in receiving an influenza vaccine, ask them to schedule an appointment with you or any other organizers. This way, you can ensure that everyone gets their turn and no one is held up or pulled away from important work duties.

Set a Vaccination Goal

The best part about setting a goal is that you will provide an incentive for your employees. People enjoy encouragement and praise, and if you reach your target, you can send out a congratulatory letter to your employees. You may even want to bring in small treats to the office if you meet the goal. In addition, you can try and exceed this year’s goal with next year’s influenza vaccination clinic if you choose to hold one.

Focus on the Positive

The ultimate goal for any workplace flu shot program is for employees to stay healthy during the height of the flu season. Every completed vaccination is a success. Planning and executing a workplace vaccination program can seem complicated, but the end results are worth it. Contact Passport Health today for more information about setting up an on-site vaccination clinic for your company or business.

Sources:
Informational Pamphlet from the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene
CDC Facts about the Seasonal Flu Vaccine
CDC Page on Key Flu Facts
Passport Health’s Flu Shot ROI Calculator