One way to tell that it’s autumn across CSL’s Northern Hemisphere sites is that in addition to fall leaves decorating the ground in certain locations, you’ll see pop-up canopy tents occupied by nurses and lines of employees in their fall attire.
That’s because it’s flu season, and CSL takes it seriously by hosting flu clinics for employees. These clinics are similar to visiting the pharmacy, except health care professionals bring the pharmacy to the workplace for the sole purpose of administering immunizations against influenza.
“Flu clinics are just one of many ways that CSL fulfills on its promise to employees and public health,” said Gregg Sylvester, Chief Health Officer at CSL Seqirus, who attended this year’s company flu clinic in Summit, New Jersey, a corporate site for CSL Seqirus. “We want to be a model for other companies by providing on-site influenza vaccination clinics when everybody has a busy schedule. This makes it as convenient as possible, as well as serves as an important reminder for employees to vaccinate their family, too.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that that the annual vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones against influenza, which unlike the common cold, can result in serious health problems, such as hospitalizations and death. Compared to a cold, the flu packs a punch with the potential for more intense symptoms as well. Rather than a mild gradual illness, the flu may come on suddenly and can cause complications such as pneumonia and bacterial infections.
Not an employee? Flu clinics can be found at other workplaces, schools and community centers as well. And of course, you can also get a flu vaccination at your local pharmacy or from your primary care provider.