August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and it’s a time to observe the importance of disease prevention through vaccination. Of course, COVID-19 vaccinations have been top of mind this year, but NIAM aims to highlight the importance of all routine vaccinations and the ways in which they protect our collective health.
Over the last half-century, vaccines have saved more than a billion lives and prevented illnesses or disabilities in the United States. Certain diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, still pose a threat to children each year and can be prevented through immunization.
As we gear up for another flu season, it might be a good time to communicate with your workforce about the importance of immunizations. Here are 5 immunization fun facts you can share with your team to promote awareness about the benefits of widespread immunization:
- Vaccines prevent 2 to 3 million deaths each year.
- Not all vaccines are administered via injection — some can be taken orally.
- Most diseases prevented by vaccines are no longer common in the United States.
- At least 14 diseases have nearly been eradicated thanks to vaccines.
- Vaccines helped reduce measles deaths globally by 78% between 2000 and 2008.
If your employees are wondering what vaccinations they might need, they can use this vaccine assessment tool to get a list of immunizations they may need. As always, they should reach out to their primary care provider with any questions they might have regarding their vaccine history.
IS YOUR WORKPLACE PREPARED FOR FLU SEASON?
As you continue to bring employees back into the workplace, you may already be wondering how to best prepare for the upcoming flu season. In light of COVID-19 and ongoing concerns regarding the Delta variant, it will be more important than ever to promote the benefits of receiving the seasonal flu vaccine.
Eden Health helps to make vaccine administration simple — our team is able to host onsite pop-up clinics directly in our partners’ office or workspace, eliminating the need for employees to schedule and receive a vaccine in their own time. Want to learn more about how Eden Health can be a partner to you during flu season and beyond? Request a demo today.