Recommended Vaccines For Workplace Wellness

You aren’t done with immunizations when you turn 18. There are many sicknesses and diseases that you are more susceptible to the older you get or just by being in a new environment, like a job in a new state.

Immunizations Employees Should Have

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend:

  • Seasonal influenza for those who choose to do so.
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (aka whooping cough) for all adults who haven’t received the Tdap vaccine.
  • Shingles for adults 60 years and older.
  • Pneumococcal disease for adults 65+ years and adults with specific health conditions.
  • Hepatitis B for adults who have diabetes or are at risk for hepatitis B.
  • Travel immunizations for those traveling to a new country for work.

Building Workplace Wellness Through Immunization

Immunizations are a proven public health intervention and can be implemented at your workplace on varying scales. The four steps of the workplace health model can guide program planning.

Step 1: Assessment

  • What are the risks, concerns, current programs, and needs?
  • Have employees received the flu vaccine the past season?

Step 2: Planning

  • What will the program address, what are the goals and how will they be met?
  • Gain support of management/leadership for the immunization program to cultivate interest from employees.
  • What resources are available for an immunization program?
  • Can an outside organization be contracted to provide immunizations on-site?
  • Develop a communication plan to ensure all employees are aware of the immunization program

Step 3: Implementation

  • Provide education about the program
  • Promote your vaccination program
  • Offer incentives for participation in the immunization program

Step 4: Evaluation

  • Review of quality, effectiveness, and significance of activity
  • Survey employees for feedback
  • Track outcomes from program
    • Increase in percentage of employees immunized
    • Number of sick days used during flu season

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