LloydsPharmacy: Helping to protect your employees from flu this year

LloydsPharmacy is offering employers the opportunity to help protect their teams from flu this year. Deep Patel, NHS Excellence Manager at Celesio UK, which includes LloydsPharmacy, tells us why this service is so useful for businesses.

Did you know that each year, over 7.6 million working days are lost as a result of flu? In fact, a typical employee will lose an average of five days due to flu, which can cost a business hundreds of pounds per employee.

The most important asset to any business is its people and making sure that employees are safe and well at work should be an absolute priority for bosses.

Many people don’t realise how debilitating the flu virus can be. It can make even the healthiest individuals at every age feel very ill for weeks, and at risk groups such as those with asthma are particularly vulnerable. It is also highly contagious, and can easily spread across an entire workforce in a matter of days.

If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to catch influenza, you’ll know that it’s a really unpleasant experience and it can cause major disruption to your life. I’m sure we’ve all observed people at work succumbing to the flu virus as it makes its way round our office or workplace each winter.

The reality is that many businesses are affected by sickness leave from flu which can cost thousands of pounds every year.

At LloydsPharmacy, we’re running a corporate flu vaccination scheme which is designed to help safeguard workforces and provide both employees and employers with peace of mind during flu season.

We are offering businesses the opportunity to arrange vaccination clinics in their premises. Having one of our qualified pharmacists on-site not only makes it more convenient for employees to receive their vaccination, but it also means they have access to personalised, expert healthcare advice and support.

We also offer our flu voucher packages for businesses which are hugely popular thanks to their flexibility and good value. These vouchers make it easy for employees to arrange their own vaccination at a chosen LloydsPharmacy store. Employers can benefit from our Pay-as-you-go option which means that they will only be charged for redeemed vouchers.

Preventing an outbreak by arranging vaccinations is a cost-effective way to safeguard the health of your workforce and also reduce the risk of impact upon working life. This service can be offered as an employee benefit and can really help to drive colleague engagement.

Not only is this a fantastic way to show you care about your employees, it also helps to ease the burden on our overstretched NHS. Over 1 million GP appointments are made each year relating to flu. Not to mention the tens of thousands of people who are admitted to hospital as a result of it. This only adds to the on-going pressures that our national health service is facing into at the moment.