the easy way to protect your organisation from productivity loss caused by influenza.
Your entire organisation can now receive flu vaccinations at your workplace to help avoid suffering the effects of influenza.
The key is ensuring your staff are all protected well before the flu season starts. Flu vaccination is the recommended and most effective way of reducing staff absenteeism resulting from the flu – in addition to being cost effective.
How influenza affects your organisation
The flu is highly contagious and will result in significant staff absenteeism. Every year the flu affects up to 20% of New Zealanders.
Flu is a productivity killer. On average, people with the flu will miss 3 to 5 workdays. If staff are unwell and come to work with the flu, their productivity drops by 50%. People who work with people who have the flu also experience a drop in productivity. Some estimates suggest that sickness costs NZ businesses around 3% of their total salary and wage bill. In the USA, flu’s impact is calculated at between 0.24 to 0.80% of GDP.
Flu vaccination is the recommended and most effective way of reducing staff absenteeism resulting from the flu – in addition to being cost effective. A single flu vaccination is the most effective way of preventing influenza in healthy working adults against the flu vaccine strains expected to be in circulation by the World Health Organisation in the coming winter. Being fit and healthy will not protect you from getting the flu. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce.
Key benefits of Onsite Health’s mobile flu vaccination service
- Reduce staff time off
- Onsite convenience
- Quality product – WHO approved
- Economically beneficial
- Fast, easy and professional
- Educational and informative
- Post-immunisation care
Reduce staff time off – Flu vaccination can help maintain healthy staff by protecting against the flu, and the complications of the flu. Staff will not need to take time off work to get vaccinated, as we come to you.
Onsite convenience – Because our mobile flu vaccination service happens at your workplace, there is minimal interruption to your productivity. Vaccination sessions will be conveniently scheduled to meet your organisation’s daily or shift work schedules at a time that suits you and your staff.
Quality Product – WHO approved – The flu vaccinations that Onsite Health’s nurses administer are manufactured to World Health Organisation (WHO) standards by Ministry of Health approved, global pharmaceutical companies. The flu vaccination you receive from an Onsite Health nurse could well be the same flu vaccination your GP could have available if you went to your local GP to receive a flu vaccination.
Economically beneficial – Research shows that vaccination against the flu has substantial health related and economic benefits for healthy, working adults. You can help prevent losses in productivity and profits with a small investment in Onsite Health’s mobile flu vaccination service. Onsite Health generally charges less than most GP’s charge for a flu vaccination, and we come to you. The total financial cost to your organisation is minimal when compared to the savings that flu vaccination generates.
Fast, easy and professional – We offer a quick and efficient service by our experienced, professional and friendly nurses.
Educational and informative – We take care of everything including: providing information enabling staff to make an informed decision about whether they wish to receive a flu vaccination; answers to commonly asked questions about flu vaccination; and, posters advertising the time and date of your organisation’s flu vaccination session.
Post-immunistaion care – Staff are required to wait nearby for 20 minutes after receiving their flu vaccination, to ensure they do not feel any ill effects from the vaccine, as recommended by the vaccine manufacturers. Staff are not permitted to leave the premises within 20 minutes of receiving their flu vaccination. Our nurse(s) will remain on site for 20 minutes after the final vaccination has been given; to ensure all post-immunisation care is given.
Types of flu vaccination services offered
- Seasonal trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccination
- Seasonal quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccination
- Auckland and New Zealand wide Flu Vouchers
- Intanza® flu vaccination (Note: Intanza® is not being supplied to the New Zealand market from 2015)
Seasonal trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccination – containing the 3 flu vaccine strains expected to be in circulation in the coming southern hemisphere winter as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Seasonal quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccination – contains additional protection against a 4th (type B) strain of influenza – in addition to the 3 vaccine strains contained in the trivalent flu vaccine. Quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against four (as opposed to three in the trivalent flu vaccine) different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
Since 2001, there have been two very different lineages of influenza B influenza that have co-circulated during most flu seasons. Experts had to choose annually only one influenza B virus to be included in the trivalent flu vaccine.
Adding another influenza B virus to the trivalent flu vaccine – that is, including both lineages of influenza B viruses to make the quadrivalent flu vaccine – aims to give broader protection against circulating flu viruses.
Experts expect that the addition of a second strain of influenza B virus will prevent the vast majority of type B influenza infection. Historically, B strains have caused epidemics every 2 to 4 years. On average, influenza associated hospitalisation and mortality rates are higher with type B than with type A (H1N1) influenza.
Quadrivalent flu vaccination is manufactured in the same way that trivalent flu vaccines have been made for many years. Overseas studies show that quadrivalent flu vaccines have a safety profile similar to trivalent flu vaccines, with similar (mostly mild) side effects.
Quadrivalent flu vaccine has been successfully used in the United States since the 2013/14 season and was new to NZ in 2015. In the current United States season, nearly 2/3’s of the number of flu vaccine doses projected to be available in the 2016/17 season will be quadrivalent flu vaccine.
Auckland and New Zealand wide Flu Vouchers – Onsite Health offers an Auckland, and New Zealand wide, trivalent (3-strain) flu voucher service. Flu vouchers can be ordered directly through us, and then redeemed at selected surgeries in Auckland and / or in regional locations throughout New Zealand.
There is no minimum number of flu vouchers required to purchase flu vouchers – making flu vouchers a cost effective option to protect your staff and business against influenza in regional offices throughout New Zealand.
Intanza® flu vaccination (Note: Intanza® was supplied to the New Zealand market between 2011 and 2014. However, Intanza® is not being supplied to the New Zealand market from 2015) – contained the same 3 flu vaccine strains expected to be in circulation in the coming southern hemisphere winter as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the regular seasonal flu vaccine.
Intanza® differed from a regular flu vaccination because Intanza® involved injection of flu vaccine directly into the dermis (just below the skin layer) – as opposed to injection into the muscle.
Intanza® used a 1.5mm long micro-needle – 20% thinner and 10 times shorter than the needle used in a regular seasonal flu vaccination. Intanza® contains 5 times less fluid volume than a regular seasonal flu vaccine, and, generates a similar immune response in 18 to 59 year olds. Due to the high concentration of dendritic cells in the body’s skin layer, and these cells ability to effectively stimulate an immune response, intradermal vaccination (i.e. Intanza®) provides direct – and potentially more efficient – access to the immune system.
As Intanza® is administered into the dermis rather than into the muscle, local reactions (e.g. redness, hardness, swelling, itching, and pain at the injection site) are to be expected in the majority of people. However, these reactions are generally mild and transient.
Intanza® is suitable for adults aged 18 to 59 years of age. Those aged 60 years or over will require a regular seasonal flu vaccination due to a higher dose of antigen required in this age group.
How our service works
You contact us on 0800 357 357 with a preferred date and time for your organisations flu vaccinations to take place.
We liaise with you to co-ordinate a suitable date and time in our nurses’ schedules for your flu vaccinations to take place – emailing you confirmation on completion of our conversation. Our email confirmation contains a link to the resources page of our website where your staff can view and / or download a copy of the consent form that must be completed prior to receiving a flu vaccination, and, a copy of a document that answers the questions that we most frequently get asked about flu vaccination.
To help you promote our visit to your staff, we mail you a poster advertising the date and time that the flu vaccinations have been scheduled along with some hard copies of the consent form.
A few days prior to our scheduled visit, we send you an email reminder with the name of the nurse(s) who will be providing your flu vaccinations.
Each person who wishes to receive a flu vaccination must complete a consent form that Onsite Health supplies. One nurse vaccinates approximately 30 staff per hour. Staff are required to wait nearby for 20 minutes after receiving their flu vaccination, to ensure they do not feel any ill effects from the vaccine, as recommended by the vaccine manufacturers. Staff are not permitted to leave the premises within 20 minutes of receiving the vaccination. Our nurse(s) will remain on site for 20 minutes after the final vaccination has been given; to ensure all post-immunisation care is given.