An Evaluation of the Seasonal Flu Vaccination Offer to South Gloucestershire Council Staff
PHE ePoster Library. Thacker A. Sep 12, 2019; 274541; 96
Amy Thacker
Amy Thacker
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Abstract Background
Workplace vaccination programmes may translate into financial benefits for employers due to significant reductions in workplace absenteeism.Aim: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of influenza vaccination among South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) staff during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 winter seasons.
Methods
SGC staff (n= 3,093) were offered the flu vaccine through a reimbursement scheme during the 2016/17 winter season. During the 2017/18 season, the offer changed to additionally include two in-house clinics. The cost-benefit evaluation focused on the direct offer costs from the employer perspective, including the cost of the vaccine and administrative costs. The benefit of the offer was defined as the avoidance of costs associated with absenteeism due to influenza-like illness (ILI). An electronic survey captured staff views on the vaccination offer.Findings: The uptake of flu vaccination had a seven-fold increase from 44 to 312 members of staff from 2016/17 to 2017/18. This increase may be explained by the convenience of getting the vaccine at the workplace. Although the uptake of the offer was lower than expected during the 2017/18 season, there was an estimated net saving of £29,372.57 from prevented sickness absenteeism. Feedback from the staff survey showed there were misconceptions about the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine which discouraged staff from taking advantage of the offer.
Conclusion
The workplace vaccination offer appears to provide financial benefits for SGC. More work is needed to encourage the uptake of the flu vaccine among healthy working adults. External funding details
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