Influenza (Flu) is a potentially serious disease, which causes widespread illness throughout the UK each winter. It's effects can be costly, not only to your health but also to your business.
Influenza is a serious disease, which causes widespread illness throughout the UK each winter, although it can be prevalent throughout the year. The typical symptoms and signs of flu are a rapid onset illness with high fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) a feature which may last for days. A painful and debilitating headache is usually present together with severe body aches and pains. Those affected are usually bedridden for days due to fatigue and weakness. Further symptoms can be sneezing, severe cough, sore throat and nausea. These symptoms can last for up to to 10 days. For several weeks after, a feeling of exhaustion and lack of energy will predominate. Complications include bronchitis and pneumonia.
Everyone is at risk, especially if you are tired or stressed, come into daily contact with a lot of people, have children who always seem to have a cold, or are generally less healthy than you could be.
Flu spreads by droplets in the air (by coughing or sneezing for example). The virus gains entry into your body through your nose, mouth and eyes. It is also spread by touch but to a lesser extent. Once inside the body, the virus multiplies rapidly to produce millions of virus particles.
The New Seasonal Flu Vaccine is available from around September each year and will contain protection against those strains deemed prevalent, by WHO (World Health Organisation), in the coming year. Recently, this included the H1N1 strain responsible for the Swine Flu Epidemic & The H3N2 strain responsible for Bird Flu.
No, the Vaccine does not contain any live virus. It is a medical impossibility to catch flu from the vaccine.
Ipsum Health can provide your employees with the annual seasonal flu vaccine - either in clinic, or if required via onsite vaccination. Flu vaccinations are a low cost, employee benefit that can actually reduce costs due to staff absence. Around 7.5 million working days are lost in the UK because of flu each year. This amounts to around £1.35bn lost in the UK each year. Vaccinating your staff not only safegurd against potential disruption to your business, it also can be a seen as benifit to working for your company.
Ipsum Health also provides the following occupational vaccinations:
Ipsum Health can also assess the individual's relevant vaccination history and establish if an initial vaccination or booster vaccination is required.
Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment at any one of our occupational health clinics.
Our admin hours are 08:30 to 17:00. Outside of these hours you can send us a message or request a callback.
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