Why Choose a Flu Shot? Benefits for Individuals & Workplaces [Infographic]

It may not feel like it, but flu season is around the corner.

In an effort to get more people immunized, we are sharing some of the impacts that the flu shot has on individuals and workplaces.

Check out our infographic below for details, or contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs for more information.

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The impact of the flu on individuals

Annually, 5-20% of the US population gets the flu. [source]

An average of 36,000 people die annually from the flu; over 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu complications, including viral or bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic medical conditions that are worsened due to influenza [source].

In the 2012-2013 flu season,around 45% of the US was vaccinated, which prevented an estimated 6.6 million flu-related illnesses, 3.2 million flu-related medical visits and 79,000 hospitalizations. [source].

The impact of the flu on workplaces

The average employee takes off 2.8 days due to the flu, translating to a cost of $20 billion for US employers when 15 million employees get sick with the flu. [source]

Employees who come in to work despite having the flu increase lost workdays by 10-30%.  The flu alone can cost $10 billion due to lost productivity. [source]

According to the National Institute on Health, each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. [source].

Flu shot basics

Per the CDC, the best time to get the flu shot is October – December. Typically, flu activity peaks in February. [source].

High -risk populations are especially encourage to get immunized: this includes anyone over 65 years old, individuals with chronic conditions, and pregnant women. [source]

Protecting Yourself & Your Workforce

Test Smartly Labs nationwide can provide the flu shot at a low cost to individuals and employers. Many locations even offer on-site immunizations, making it cost-effective and convenient for your team to get vaccinated!

For more information on the flu shot, contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs today.

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