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Workplace Flu Clinics: Encouraging Seasonal Health to Support Year-round Employee Wellness

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that American workers miss approximately 17 million workdays due to the flu each year, costing employers $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity.

One way employers can create a healthier workplace is by hosting on-site influenza vaccination clinics in the office.

Workplace clinics are not a new concept in the employee health space, notes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but the way they are implemented and the purposes they serve have evolved. Clinics conducted in the workplace have traditionally focused on minor injuries or treatments, but many are now offering preventive health and even primary care services, including vaccinations. On-site vaccination clinics, according to the CDC, bring a number of benefits, including reducing employer costs, fostering employee morale, and promoting employee wellness.

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