Ebola Vaccine is Ready for Clinical Trial

Vaccine Research - Ebola Virus

 

GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that it will begin testing its Ebola vaccination as early as mid-September in human volunteers.

With the help of the National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center, GSK will start recruiting patients in the Gambia, Mali and the United Kingdom to take part in the trials. If the vaccine is proven safe and those inoculated show immunity to the disease, the company would like to speed up delivery of the medicine to West Africa where Ebola has been most prevalent.

“A vaccine will be enormously important in the prevention effort for this deadly disease,” observed Melanie Kohr, RN, Passport Health’s Vice President of Clinic Operations. “Although public health measures like correct use of personal protective equipment and patient isolation have an important role to play in preventing disease spread, vaccination adds yet another tool to the disease prevention kit.”

Since the Ebola outbreak began in March of this year, more than 1,550 people have died and 3,069 been infected by the virus. While these are small numbers in comparison to the toll that diseases like malaria or influenza take, the fear of Ebola spreading further and current estimates that point to 20,000 more potential deaths before the outbreak ends has lead groups like GlaxoSmithKline to invest more heavily in Ebola vaccination efforts.

Ebola, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), is a disease that so far has been contained to Africa mainly in the sub-Saharan region. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash along with internal bleeding in some cases. The virus is spread through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected being (either human or animal). There are no documented cases of an outbreak starting anywhere outside of the sub-Saharan Africa region.

To find more about immunizations against diseases like Ebola, malaria, yellow fever or even the common cold, contact a Passport Health travel health specialist by visiting our website at www.passporthealthusa.com, or by calling 1-877-499-7277.

Drive Safely This Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

 

Labor Day marks the end of summer and the summer vacation season. Throughout May, June, July and August many people travel around the world to see all kinds of amazing destinations, but Labor Day weekend marks a shift back to road trips and more local excursions. This means a lot of driving will occur, and, with that, comes a need to stay safe on the roads.

The National Safety Council estimates that more than 395 fatalities will take place over the coming holiday weekend accounting, for almost 15% of the overall accident related deaths for the month of September. The NSC has found that from the Friday before Labor Day through the Monday holiday, fatalities rise 35% and even stay 16% higher than normal on the following Tuesday.

However, the NSC’s report isn’t all negative. The group estimates that more than 150 lives may be saved by simply using a seatbelt and avoiding distracted driving.

These three holiday driving tips will also help you and your family avoid any kind of hazardous situation:

Get It Fixed

The first step to becoming a road warrior is to make sure that your vehicle is in peak working condition. Nothing turns a trip from fun to miserable faster than having something break. Try to schedule a vehicle checkup before you travel. A quick look at a vehicle’s engine, radiator, fluids and (perhaps most importantly) tires can help avoid any unexpected pit stops, or at least those not caused by a 44oz drink.

Building out an emergency bag isn’t a bad idea either. Ideally, this bag should include: a flashlight, tire gauge, tool kit (with wrenches and screwdrivers), duct tape, emergency stop sign, jumper wires, a small first aid kit, water, and a few rags or towels (both for cleaning and to help protect your knees from hot asphalt if you have to do any maintenance).

Avoid the Madness

You wouldn’t go to West Africa without checking on the status of the Ebola outbreak, so why would you travel without checking traffic? Be sure to plan ahead and try to avoid the holiday rush. Starting your adventure either before 4 p.m. or after 10 p.m. can help alleviate the stress that comes with rush hour traffic jams.

Additionally, plan for secondary events that might be taking place around your own home. Parades, street fairs and sporting events are just some of the activities that will occur this weekend, and all of them could pose a potential headache for anyone trying to get around town, let alone take a long road trip.

Be Smart

These are the same basic rules that apply to travel anywhere, at any time, but they are extra important during high traffic times like holiday weekends. If you are tired, feeling sick or especially if you have been drinking, either hand the keys to someone else or delay starting your drive. You’re better off calling a cab or waiting a few hours than ending up as front-page news for the wrong reasons.

Be sure to watch out for other drivers as well. The NSC says that defensive driving is one of the key factors in avoiding accidents and suggests being a defensive driver at all times, especially during bad or unexpected weather conditions. In those cases, pulling over can be your best option.

Finally, if you have to use a cellphone or some type of electronic device like GPS while driving, please be careful. Passengers are almost always willing to help by talking to somebody for you or being a navigator to allow the driver to focus on the road. If you have to make a call while driving, either use a hands-free device, or pull over and then make the call.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend, and, if you do find yourself traveling to any exotic regions or have any questions about international travel, feel free to contact one of our Passport Health travel health specialists today!

Vaccines are not Associated with Autism

Happy, Healthy People

 

Childhood vaccination has been a subject of controversy among parents since 1998. The topic is as contentious if not more so than working versus staying at home and bottle versus breast-feeding. Vaccinations are heralded by the medical, scientific and public health communities as being among the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century. Millions of lives have been saved by preventing infections with deadly diseases. Countless cases of disabilities have also been prevented by halting the spread of infectious diseases through the use of routine vaccinations during childhood. One dishonest study by a British researcher threatened to halt this public health achievement and put the well-being and lives of countless people at risk. The most recent Centers for Disease Control estimates show that 1 of every 68 children have an autism diagnosis. As the rate of autism has increased, ensuring that parents have access to correct, honest and ethical information about vaccinations is essential to the public health.

The Article That Caused Vaccine Fears

In 1998, British surgeon Andrew Wakefield published an article in the renowned journal The Lancet. In the article, Wakefield presented evidence later found to be dishonest and erroneous that revealed eight of 12 children may have developed autism and bowel disease after receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Because parents of autistic children and scientists had searched in vain for a cause behind autism, the small Wakefield study went viral. Seemingly overnight, celebrities and parents alike turned to the MMR vaccine as the cause of their children’s ailments.

Repercussions of the Wakefield Article

As the Wakefield study went mainstream, he became a household name. Parents began to refuse the MMR vaccination with some opting for an alternative vaccination timetable while other parents refused any and all vaccines for their children. As a result, vaccination rates in the United States and Canada significantly declined. When fewer members of a population are vaccinated, outbreaks of disease increase. In recent months and years, outbreaks and epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases including whooping cough (pertussis), measles and mumps have occurred throughout North America. Children and teenagers have developed serious complications such as deafness and seizures, and many have died due to contracting a disease that could have been prevented by following the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule. It is for these reasons that physicians and researchers such as University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Guy Eslick delved further into the issue.

Disproving and Debunking the Wakefield Article

As soon as the Wakefield study was published, medical researchers attempted to replicate the findings. None were able to do so. As article after article from researchers around the world poured into scientific journals, none were supportive of Wakefield’s findings. Eventually, Wakefield was accused of dishonesty and unethical behavior and The Lancet retracted the paper and published an apology. That, however, did little to dissuade people who developed firm beliefs about the issue. University of Sydney scientist Associate Professor Guy Eslick set out to combine the hundreds of individual studies in what statisticians and epidemiologists refer to as a meta-analysis.

Mechanics of the University of Sydney Analysis

Associate Professor Guy Eslick at the Sydney Medical School put together all available published data from seven studies involving more than 1.25 million children around the world. He concluded that there was no evidence to support a relationship between common vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism and related disorders such as Asperger’s. In order to conduct the review, which is in press in the journal Vaccine, Eslick used data from publicly available research studies. He and his co-authors identified relevant articles using search terms associated with autism diagnoses. Data was collected from the published articles and examined for publication bias. Pooled odds ratios were calculated for the effect of vaccinations on the development of autism using a random effects model. The data was also divided into sub-groups to examine the risk of an autism diagnosis alone. The subgroups were after the MMR vaccine, after mercury exposure or after exposure to a vaccine containing thimerosal preservative. The group conducted vigorous statistical analyses of the data including tests of heterogeneity, Egger’s regression model for publication bias and Rosenthal’s fail-safe number for publication bias. Eslick and the group thoroughly examined the risk of publication bias because of the well-known fact that studies finding null results are less likely to be published than those finding non-null results.

Results of the University of Sydney Analysis

After eliminating data from studies that were not related to autism or that showed any bias of publication, Eslick and his team were left with five cohort studies and five case control studies. They pooled the data from these studies and found no evidence of a link between autism and vaccinations. Of special importance is the fact that four of the five cohort studies were of large populations and had sound scientific methodology. Since no evidence of any linkage between autism and vaccinations were found in the meta-analysis, the currently recommended immunization schedule should be adhered to by children as well as adults.

Are There Any Risks to Vaccinations?

While there is no evidence linking vaccinations to autism, vaccinations do occasionally cause side-effects such as fever or rash, which are generally mild and brief in nature. Only rarely is there a serious medical complication resulting from a routine childhood vaccination. Any adverse events after vaccination are reportable to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System which is accessible by the public as well as physicians and researchers.

The Benefits of Routine Immunizations and Travel Vaccinations

Vaccines offer the ability to protect oneself against disease without having to acquire immunity through a natural infection. When a person becomes naturally infected with a disease, there is a real risk of complications and death. Thanks to routine childhood vaccinations, cases of serious infections such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b, have declined by 91 to 100 percent. Preventing disease is less economically costly than treating it. For every dollar invested in vaccinations, $5 to $11 is saved in healthcare costs. Once a high number of people in a population are vaccinated against a disease, that disease is much less likely to cause an outbreak. This type of immunity, referred to as herd immunity, helps to protect those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

Staying Up to Date on Your Vaccinations

If you’re behind on any vaccinations or you’re planning an international trip, a pre-travel health exam at a Passport Health clinic can get you up to date. Travel health specialists offer travel vaccines, medications and guidance on packing travel supplies for optimal health.

Sources:
University of Sydney: Vaccines Are Not Associated with Autism: An Evidence Based Meta Analysis of Case Control and Cohort Studies (in press)
Centers for Disease Control: Vaccine Safety and Concerns About Autism
New York Post: No Links Between Autism and Vaccinations: Study
CDC Study Debunks Vaccine Autism Link
Herald Sun: Childhood Vaccinations Not Linked to Development of Autism, University of Sydney Finds
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Vaccine Benefits

The Secondary Effects of the Ebola Outbreak

Freetown - Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone

 

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than 1,400 people, but its effects have gone much further than these deaths, sadly. One of the biggest fears that health professionals in the region have isn’t the disease itself, but rather what is going ignored because of it.

The beginning of malaria season in West Africa has marked the beginning of more deaths as well. Many health clinics that would normally treat malaria have closed due to Ebola related fears, and, sadly, in some cases, the clinics are closed due to staff fatalities from trying to treat the deadly disease.

Health workers in the region are being told to stay away from clinics due to Ebola fears. An NPR report noted that in Sierra Leone, the country’s Health Ministry doesn’t want workers drawing blood to test for malaria because Ebola can be contracted via direct contact with blood. The problem with this policy, and others like it, is that many groups (including Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry) require a blood test before malaria can be treated.

As a result of the Ebola outbreak, many individuals are going untested and untreated for malaria, leading to a rise in deaths from this disease as well, especially among children.

It’s a disturbing trend. Many of the preventative measures in place to help stop the spread of Ebola have led more deaths from childbirth, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea.

Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nations’ top man in the Ebola response, said, “One of the things that we do need to do is ensure that services get back up and running as quickly as possible, so people can access what they need in terms of health care, in terms of food and water and sanitation.”

Without basic, yet critical, infrastructure and preventative clinical measures, the death toll from Ebola and other diseases is sure to rise. Sadly, though, many of these deaths are likely not to be due to a higher rate of infection, but because those impacted individuals now are not getting the health care they require.

For more information on malaria, pneumonia or the other health risks that you could be exposed to while traveling to Africa contact a Passport Health travel health specialist.

Meet the Team: Michael Haddad, Passport Health’s Director of Technology

Meet the team: Michael Haddad, Director of Technology

Michael Haddad is Passport Health’s Director of Technology. In this role, Michael is responsible for the development and maintenance of all technology solutions at Passport Health – and he certainly stays busy! His responsibilities include oversight of and continued improvements to the company’s proprietary, cloud-based systems and its global websites that support the operations and interoperability of all Passport Health clinics worldwide. The functions of the cloud based system, called PASSageware, include appointment scheduling (phone and online), end-to-end patient electronic medical record management, a Vaccine Registry, customized corporate client portals, inventory control, billing and transaction management, marketing automation, forecasting and reporting. In short, Michael’s work is tremendously important to ongoing clinic operations and continued improvements in service delivery.

Michael Haddad: Travel Memory

As does the entire Passport Health team, Michael has a deep commitment to customer service. In fact, he says that the best part about working for Passport Health is that he “gets the opportunity to work on technology solutions that are used by our customers that visit our clinics. Even before our customers enter the doors of one of our clinics, they are already interacting with the various technology solutions that we have built by booking their appointment over the phone or online, receiving emails regarding their appointment, and filling out their medical history online. This is just a subset of the many things we do from a technology perspective that impact our customers, and, for me to know that I have a hand in that, makes my job rewarding.”

Like most of the team at Passport Health, Michael also loves to travel, and his favorite travel memory is when he and his wife took their daughter to Hawaii for the first time. Michael had visited Hawaii several times before with his wife, but being able to share this special place with his daughter made him love it even more, as she was so happy being there. Michael says, “The added bonus was that we stayed at the Disney Aulani Resort, so we got to see and hang out with the various Disney characters, which my daughter absolutely loved since she is a Disney fan and had never got to see them in person. Seeing the joy and how much fun she had definitely made that Hawaii trip my favorite trip.”

We agree that travel is not about where you go, but rather the human connections you make along the way! Do you have favorite travel memories? Feel free to share them as a comment to this post!

Why do I need a wellness program at work?

Workplace Wellness Program

 

Health is important no matter whether people are at work, school, home or traveling. Staff members who are healthy have higher productivity, lower absenteeism and lower costs related to healthcare, insurance, worker’s compensation, disability and training. The implementation of a workplace wellness program benefits employees and employers and is a cost-effective measure to promote everyone’s health.

What Is a Workplace Wellness Program?

A workplace wellness program is a comprehensive set of programs, policies, benefits and environmental supports uniquely designed for a particular organization to meet the health and safety needs of all employees. No two workplace wellness programs will be alike due to the different working environment, characteristics and staff needs. These programs are often managed by an independent agency working together with health insurers and business managers.

What Does a Workplace Wellness Program Include?

Workplace wellness programs include an assessment of the worksite to determine any health risks present in the environment. Next, planning takes place to determine interventions and infrastructure changes to the facility. The program is then implemented for all staff and includes health promotion interventions and risk reduction measures. Typical activities or interventions in a workplace wellness program include health education and personalized health coaching, weight management programs, health fairs, medical screenings, on-site fitness programs and healthy cooking demonstrations. Finally, an assessment is done to determine the effectiveness of the program. If the program is to be ongoing, interventions may be updated, and assessments may continue on an intermittent basis.

The Benefits to Employees

There are many benefits to introducing a wellness program at work. The benefits include financial, productivity, loyalty and health improvements.

  • Reduced risk of chronic diseases
  • Lower stress
  • Better weight management
  • Improved stamina and productivity
  • Lower costs for prescription medications, healthcare premiums and doctor’s office co-pays

Employer Benefits of Workplace Wellness Programs

More than 200 scientific studies have been published attesting to the benefits of instituting workplace wellness programs. Many of the reasons for their implementation are benefits to the employer, such as:

  • Increased retention and recruitment of high-quality staff
  • Lower healthcare costs
  • Less employee absenteeism
  • Improved employee morale and interpersonal relations
  • Enhanced team-building
  • Lower rates of workplace illnesses and injuries

Setting Up a Wellness Program at Work

Business owners who are ready to lower healthcare-related costs and enjoy all the other benefits of a workplace wellness program can contact Passport Health’s travel health specialists for guidance and assistance with program implementation. Passport Health travel health specialists offer services that include vaccinations, advice on travel health, assistance with preparing medical and travel supplies, guidance on the use of mosquito repellent and sunscreen, and testing for infectious and chronic diseases. Employees can also receive personalized consultations including pre-travel health exams for work-related travel.

Sources:
Workplace Health Promotion
Wellness in the Workplace
Benefits of Worksite Wellness Programs

Staying Healthy While Enjoying Experiential Travel

Experiential Travel

 

Long gone are the days when people just wanted to sit in a chair and watch the world go by while on vacation. Today’s international travelers increasingly seek adventure and thrills that capture the essence of the place they are visiting. However, with the rise in experiential travel also comes an increase in the risk for injury, illness and infection. Learning how best to protect yourself can help ensure that your adventure will be fantastic from start through finish.

What Is Experiential Travel?

Experiential travel is a vacation taken up a few notches to include experiences that resonate at an emotional or even spiritual level. These sorts of trips are more personalized, more hands-on, more adventurous and more attuned to the local culture of each destination. Some people take part in experiential travel for the purposes of self-discovery while others want to immerse themselves in the unique aspects of what drew them to the destination in the first place.

Health Risks of Experiential Travel

There are several components to experiential travel that can put the health of travelers at risk. These risks include:

  • Far-off destinations. An adventure to a rainforest or exotic locale may be far from health care facilities should you develop a sudden illness or become injured during your trip.

  • Action. Experiential travelers are not content to sit in a chaise at the side of the hotel swimming pool for a week. Rather, they want to get out and do things. Many activities increase the risk of injuries, exposure to mosquitoes carrying parasites, and other infectious diseases spread by animals and insects.

  • Exposure to endemic diseases. In these out-of-the-way world destinations, the locals may not have been vaccinated against diseases that are rare in North America. As a result, you could become exposed to diseases such as polio, yellow fever and typhoid.

  • Poor sanitation. You will likely have a difficult time finding filtered or bottled water while skydiving off cliffs in Nepal or exploring the Amazon. There is a risk of food-borne and water-borne diseases.

How to Stay Healthy During Your Adventure

With some preparation and preventative action, you can head out on whatever type of experiential travel adventure you can imagine and still protect your health. About two months before your departure, schedule a pre-travel health exam with a travel health specialist. You will receive any necessary travel vaccinations to reduce your risk of picking up infectious diseases during your trip. Travel health specialists can prescribe preventive medications such as anti-malarial drugs to begin taking before you depart. You will also receive guidance on packing for a healthy trip, such as which sunscreen to take, the best type of mosquito repellant and how to select a water purification kit. You may also want to consider travel health insurance, trip cancellation insurance and medical evacuation insurance in case of an illness or injury during your adventures.

Sources:
Peak & Skift: The Rise in Experiential Travel
National Geographic: 7 Travel Trends You Need to Know Now
Centers for Disease Control: Adventure Travel

HPV Vaccine Protection Extends Well Into the Future

Healthy and Happy Young Adults

 

In an ongoing study of the efficacy of HPV vaccines at Stiftung Juliusspital in Weurzburg, Germany, researchers examined the antibody levels of girls who received the vaccine at ages 10 through 14, which is the recommended time period for vaccination. The Adjuvanted HPV vaccine is a three-dose series of shots that aims to prevent infection from HPV types 16 and 18, which are responsible for the majority of cases of cervical cancer. Scientists continue follow-up of the cohort to determine how long the vaccine can protect against HPV infections.

What Is the Adjuvanted HPV Vaccine?

The adjuvanted HPV vaccine is bivalent, which means it contains antigens against two types of HPV. To receive the full benefits of HPV vaccination, you need three shots. The second shot comes one month after the first shot, and the third shot comes six months after the first shot. In the U.S. and Canada, Gardasil, a name-brand HPV vaccine, is recommended for use in young men and women ages 13 to 26.

Why Is HPV Vaccination Important?

HPV is responsible for causing over 17,000 cancers annually in women and more than 9,000 cancers annually in men. In addition, it’s the cause of a common sexually transmitted infection, genital warts. HPV is passed from person to person through skin-to-skin contact during sexual activities. It can affect the throat, anus, penis, cervix and vagina. There are no screening tests for many of these cancers, some of which are not detected until the disease is severe and no treatments are available. Treatment for genital warts can be uncomfortable, and the condition may be embarrassing. Vaccination against HPV can minimize your risk of these painful, serious and sometimes deadly infections.

Who Is Eligible for HPV Vaccination?

Women aged 13 to 26 and men aged 13 to 21 are eligible for HPV vaccination. It’s important for both young men and young women to be vaccinated because men can spread HPV to women through sexual contact. The vaccine can help lower the risk of cancers in all young adults. The researchers at Stiftung Juliusspital in Germany estimate that HPV vaccination provides detectable protection for at least two decades, which covers the time when young people are becoming sexually active and planning families of their own.

Benefits of HPV Vaccination

The repercussions of cancers caused by HPV in women can lead to the need for radical treatment such as hysterectomy. This surgical procedure renders women infertile. HPV vaccination also prevents cancers in men. Early vaccination against HPV before the onset of sexual activity minimizes the risk of such drastic complications to reproductive and overall health.

How to Get Vaccinated Against HPV

If you’re in the eligible age range for vaccination, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. You can also complete the HPV vaccination series if you’ve only had one or two of the shots. Parents should schedule this vaccine for their sons and daughters to help protect their future health. To schedule your vaccination against HPV, you can contact your physician, pediatrician or a travel health specialist at Passport Health. Travel health specialists can also provide you with other vaccines to help guard against infections during domestic and international trips. You’ll receive guidance for packing, such as what benefits you can get from sunscreen, mosquito repellant, water purification tablets and sunscreen.

Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HPV and Cancer
Infectious Disease News: Adjuvanted HPV Promoted Long-term Antibody Persistence in Preteen, Adolescent Girls
CNN: HPV Vaccine Effective in Men

What Does the “Pure, Safe, and Effective” Flu Vaccine Mean for You and Your Family?

Healthy People

 

Passport Health is proud to partner with Protein Sciences to make the company’s Flublok influenza vaccine available to a greater range of clients, and Protein Sciences formally announced this partnership yesterday. Flublok is an influenza vaccine that allows almost anyone to be inoculated against the flu.

What makes Flublok so special is that it contains no egg protein, gelatin, latex, antibiotics, formaldehyde, or live influenza virus. Flublok essentially cuts out everything that might keep someone from being vaccinated. Pregnant? Not a problem. Allergic to eggs? Not a problem. Worried about a live or dead virus? There isn’t one.

Flublok uses modern DNA and cell cultures to produce just the protective ingredients needed to be vaccinated against the flu without having to worry about being exposed to the virus. And, with minimal side effects and triple the strength of traditional flu vaccines Flublok could be the solution to the flu problem.

Just like other immunizations, it is advisable to talk to a medical professional before receiving Flublok or any flu immunization, but doing so will put you one step ahead in the fight against the most prevalent of bugs.

Every year in the United States, influenza and its related complications result in more than 200,000 hospitalizations and as many as 49,000 deaths. If you’re interested in getting a flu shot and would like to know more about flu immunizations or Flublok, contact a Passport Health professional at 1-888-499-PASS (7277)

Links:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/flublok-influenza-vaccine-will-be-available-at-over-230-passport-health-locations-nationwide-2014-08-19
http://www.passporthealthusa.com/vaccinations/flublok-egg-free-cell-based-influenza-vaccine/
http://www.flublok.com/faq.html

Why Do I Need an On-Site Flu Vaccination Program at My Work?

Onsite Flu Vaccination Clinic in the workplace

 

If you think that you don’t need an on-site flu vaccination program at work, think again! A dedicated immunization effort will have several positive effects on your business. Many people do not end up getting a flu vaccine on their own time since they are unaware of the need to do so, and in turn, they may end up spreading the disease throughout the workplace. This is your chance to engage in public health education with the people who matter the most to your business — your employees. Here are some ways that an on-site flu vaccination program can have a positive effect on your business operations.

Reducing Absenteeism

When workers contract the flu, they tend to lose an average of five working days annually as they try to recover from the illness. However, some people take longer to recover than others, and they may begin to get better as others get sick. Your workplace could be suffering from absenteeism and staffing shortages for a couple of weeks if the flu hits your employees hard. After a while, this could lead to contracts not being upheld and profits being lost. Up to 20 percent of American workers will fall ill with the flu each year, so it makes sense to vaccinate your employees and ensure that they will be present at work during the flu season.

Boosting Employee Morale

When a large portion of a community is ill, productivity tends to suffer. People might stay at home due to their concerns about getting the flu and passing it on to their family members. Your bottom line will begin to suffer as projects fall behind and people avoid the workplace out of a fear of illness. By encouraging employees to get vaccinated at work, you can help them feel safe about coming in to perform their essential tasks. The protection granted by the flu vaccine extends far beyond the workplace, which can calm their fears of spreading the flu to other people. Your company will continue to thrive during the flu season if you set up an on-site vaccination program.

Reducing Travel-Related Illness

Perhaps your employees travel frequently in order to serve the needs of the company. During the height of flu season, they might be traveling through airports or public transit hubs. This could put them at risk of contracting the virus and spreading it back through the workplace, which in turn causes productivity to suffer. By starting an on-site flu vaccination program, you can make sure that anyone who travels for work stays safe and healthy.

On-Site Flu Vaccination Programs: A Key Part of Public Health

If you are interested in starting an influenza vaccination program at your workplace, you should strongly consider using Passport Health’s corporate services. We will assign travel health specialists who can visit your office and administer flu vaccines to employees who need them.

Vaccination is the smart choice for a business that doesn’t want to slow down because of an outbreak of illness. By maintaining a positive public health environment in your office, you can boost productivity and play an active role in the health of your employees. Contact Passport Health today for more information about setting up an account.

Sources
CDC Key Facts Page on Flu Vaccines
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Guide to Establishing a Work-Site Influenza Program
Passport Health Article on Establishing On-Site Vaccination Programs