Majority of Workers Plan to Get Flu Shot

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This release shares the results of a poll asking American workers whether they intend to get a flu shot this year.

With flu season approaching, it's not too early for employers to begin educating workers on the importance of protecting themselves and their coworkers against the unnecessary spread of seasonal flu

More than 60 percent of American workers plan to get a flu shot this year, according to the latest online poll by LifeCare®, Inc., a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide. Twenty-six percent say they will forgo getting a shot.

Here are the full results of the poll, which was conducted during the month of July on LifeCare's private web site.

Do you plan to get a flu shot this year?

  • Yes, my employer offers this as an onsite wellness benefit – 40%
  • Yes, I intend to get it at my doctor's office – 21%
  • No – 26%
  • No but I would if my employer offered it – 13%

"With flu season approaching, it's not too early for employers to begin educating workers on the importance of protecting themselves and their coworkers against the unnecessary spread of seasonal flu," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "Once again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu. We're encouraging all of our clients to post the CDC's 'Take Three' prevention guidelines throughout their work sites." These guidelines can be found on the CDC's web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common during that year's flu season; it does not protect against novel H1N1 infection. Vaccination is especially important for people at greater risk of serious flu complications. These people typically include young children, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.

Each month, LifeCare posts a poll on its private web site, asking individuals to share their thoughts and opinions on the latest issues and work/life trends. Past polls have addressed topics such as health and wellness, financial challenges, work/life balance, and child and elder care issues.

About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

Notes to Editors:
LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-3756

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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