When you find yourself unable to get around to something that you planned to do, what are the biggest barriers?
For most people, the answer boils down to two things: time and money.
When it comes to flu shots, surprisingly, money isn’t too large of a barrier for most individuals. Current Affordable Care Act regulations classify flu vaccinations as preventive care, meaning they are available without copayment or coinsurance. Even for those without coverage, the out-of-pocket costs are typically not prohibitive.
The biggest obstacle for many individuals is “finding the time.” However, even in our busy culture, there are ways to help your members receive their flu shots. Our recommendations are:
Many people believe that the flu isn’t that much worse than a cold. However, education that it is a serious illness that hospitalizes hundreds of thousands of people each year can help motivate your employees to take flu shots more seriously.
People will make time for things they believe are important. Communicate that young children and older adults are at a higher risk of serious flu-related complications, and that a flu shot helps prevent the flu from spreading to these individuals. Even if a healthy adult isn’t inclined to get a flu shot for themselves, they may step up to protect their loved ones.
Make it easy.
Offering a workplace flu clinic means employees only need to take a few minutes out of their busy day. Simple and free off-site options, such as pharmacy vouchers or physician offices, will capture your employees who are remote, traveling, or otherwise unavailable on-site.