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Workplace Health Saf. 2014 Dec;62(12):508-15; quiz 516. doi: 10.3928/21650799-20140909-02. Epub 2014 Sep 16.

Can increasing adult vaccination rates reduce lost time and increase productivity?


This article addresses limited vaccination coverage by providing an overview of the epidemiology of influenza, pertussis, and pneumonia, and the impact these diseases have on work attendance for the worker, the worker's family, and employer profit. Studies focused on the cost of vaccination programs, lost work time, lost employee productivity and acute disease treatment are discussed, as well as strategies for increasing vaccination coverage to reduce overall health care costs for employers. Communicating the benefits of universal vaccination for employees and their families and combating vaccine misinformation among employees are outlined.

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