Every flu season is different and this year we have the added impact of COVID-19. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the similarities to influenza, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending the flu vaccine to help reduce the burden of flu illness and hospitalization. Influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized with many more at risk for severe flu-related illnesses every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, reducing the risk of spreading the flu and reducing potential hospitalizations.
Every year, we provide free, onsite vaccinations for our team members at their site. We encourage every team member, for the health and welfare of all of our team members, their families and our animals (the core of our business), to take advantage of the convenience and no cost onsite vaccination. This year was a little different. Thanks Covid! However, with an increased importance on flu shots, it was more important than ever to ensure a safe and accessible way for our employees to get vaccinated. Each site held their own flu shots and employees had to sign up for a time slot to get their shot so there was social distancing and spaces could be wiped down between each employee.
We are so thankful for everyone who put in the extra time and effort to make sure our employees are taken care of. We truly believe that our employees and their health comes first. In the long run, we will be known for the way we treat others, and this is one way we can ensure each of our team members can be proactive in their health. Our definition of stewardship is “our investment of time, talent, and treasure will do great things in the long run. We make decisions based on our responsibility to our employees, our customers, our stakeholders and our community.” By investing in our employees and their health, it benefits everyone in the long run.