Flu is a serious and highly contagious virus that impacts the health and wellbeing of many Tasmanians annually. Nationwide this year there have been over 250,000 confirmed cases of the flu. The impact is far reaching, with some people ending up in hospital with more serious complications.
Even less severe cases of the flu can take weeks to recover from and can also have an impact on your business operations. Providing your employees with the option to have a yearly flu vaccination makes good business sense. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, through its member network of community pharmacies, has recently launched its Guild Corporate Health Programs – starting with a program to assist the business community to provide flu vaccinations for their employees. The national expansion of the program builds on the success and experience of the initial roll-out in Queensland.
In 2020, Tasmanian businesses will be able to utilise their local and trusted participating pharmacies to easily provide flu vaccination services to their employees, through an online booking portal. Employees will be able to choose a convenient time to receive their flu shot by a trained pharmacist, in a quality accredited pharmacy approved by Tasmanian State regulators. In Tasmania, pharmacists have been able to vaccinate against the flu since 2016 for those over 18 years old. Over recent years the popularity of these services in pharmacy has grown due to convenience and accessibility.
Most recently our Government allowed pharmacies to vaccinate children from ten years, further providing access to flu vaccination services for busy families. All vaccinations received in pharmacies are recorded to the Australian Immunisation Register so in the unlikely event of an adverse reaction the vaccination batch can be tracked, for added safety.
Guild Corporate flu vaccination offers businesses the ability to provide their staff with a flexible and convenient flu vaccination service, offered over an extended time period to ensure maximum coverage and protection.
Staff are able to access vaccination providers at a time and a place that’s convenient to them and the Guild provides simple, monthly reporting to businesses to assist with managing absenteeism trends. Invoicing is taken care of; where there may be services administered across multiple pharmacies, we simply pay our members directly and then we invoice you.
We are able to work across businesses with multiple departments or units to ensure that costs are invoiced and reported to the correct entity.
Immunisation services commence from April 2020, in line with advice from the Australian Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer as to the best time to receive protection from the flu. The Guild is running a national advertising campaign to support the launch including ads in the Qantas magazine in September, October and January next year.
For more information have a look at Guild Corporate Health – www.guildcorporatehealth.com.au
Our local Tasmanian Guild Branch representatives can be contacted to present our solution to your business.
Branch Director: Monique Mackrill: 0407 147 256
Business Development Manager: Brad McArthur: 0438 481 233