Flu Season

In brief, everyone knows that the Flu is bad news, however no one really knows unless they have actually had it. The reality is that this virus is at best very unpleasant, leading to time off work (mainly spent in bed) and spreads like wildfire.

WHY TAKE THE FLU JAB?

Flu is highly contagious, and the strain changes each year. Only through vaccination can you reduce the chance of catching flu or at best ameliorate the severity of the symptoms. The strain changes each year, so vaccinations every year are required. 6-8 months protection is provided, so September to October is the optimum time to vaccinate. 

The flu vaccine does not contain any ‘live’ viruses and is generally well tolerated.

WHY THE QUADRIVALENT VACCINE?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the 4-strain vaccine. This provides the best protection, covering 4 different types of the flu virus, including swine flu. During the last 10 years the vaccine has generally been a good match for the circulating strains.

We only buy our vaccines from the leading manufacturer and we only buy the highest standard of vaccine. The vaccine will also provide cover against Swine Flu.

The World health Organisation (WHO) has recommended for the 2018 - 2019 northern hemisphere influenza season the following:

An A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
An A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-LIKE VIRUS
A B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage) 
A B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage)

WHY NOW?

Early vaccination will cover employees over the winter months / flu season. Immunisation in October 2019 can provide cover until April 2020. This is most cost effective for your staff, and your business, by reducing days off sick and widespread illness. It is proven to improve staff morale.

WHO should have the vaccine?

Citi Health can give the flu vaccine to anyone aged 18 years and over. The over 65’s vaccine we would advise patients to see their GP.  Every year the flu strain mutates so it’s never the same twice, however vaccination each year leads to a build up of immunity and in turn further reduces an individual’s chance of catching the flu. Whilst there is never any guarantee you wont still get the flu, the vaccines will greatly reduce the effects in this unlikely event.

The vaccine is not recommended for those with an allergy to eggs and poultry, or those who have previously had an adverse reaction to the flu vaccine.

Your nurse will provide a leave behind card with information on possible reactions and a helpline for assistance or advice.

WHY CITI HEALTH?

CITI HEALTH are a team of highly experienced nurses working solely on the administration of the FLU vaccine. On average our nurses have over 25 years of practical service caring for patients. Our nurses take great care to ensure the procedure is swift and well managed.

Booking advice and all administration is free. 

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR WORKFORCE FROM THE FLU

Whatever the size of your workforce, a companywide vaccination programme is the most effective way to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak, reduce days lost through sickness and improve morale within your organisation. We can supply an onsite nurse to administer the vaccine to those who opt in. We will provide the information to send out to your staff, and upon uptake, send the relevant consent forms in advance of the day. On a day and time agreed, a nurse will attend site.

In general, we anticipate a 25-30% uptake from employees.
We only charge for the number of vaccines used on the day.
We do ask for a minimum requirement of 20 vaccines.
Cost per individual rates are available on request.
Our nurse can administer 30 vaccines within a 1 hour period.
Clinics are held on your premises, we only require a private room and a waiting space. 
Visits to sites outside London are available on request and will incur a travel charge at cost price.
Nurses are polite and professional and are able to answer any flu related questions.

HOW TO BOOK

Booking is simple and straightforward. We will provide you with emailable material to send out to your staff and to promote the service. When you have confirmed uptake, complete our booking form with the number of vaccines and preferred date/s. We will send out consent forms to be completed in advance.

We will require a private room and a waiting area.
A table with 2 chairs.
An area close by where hand washing facilities are available.
We will only charge for the number of vaccines used on the day, based on a minimum of 20 vaccines.
We provide leave behind advice cards for further information post vaccine.


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