ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With fall right around the corner, employers may see an increase in absenteeism as employees battle illness this flu season. According to Flu.gov, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu, equating to approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. While it’s impossible to eradicate the flu from the workplace, the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program can help employers minimize the impact of seasonal flu on their workforce with its employer on-site flu clinics.
Wegmans makes it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with simple online scheduling for employees to sign up for a flu shot timeslot, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered throughout all of Wegmans’ market areas, and provide flu shots to employees 18 years and older.
“Protecting our employees from the flu is important to us,” said Mike Stojkovic, Director of Wellness at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “The Wegmans Pharmacy team provides convenient, friendly service ensuring our employees get the care they need.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an annual flu vaccine is the best way for individuals to protect themselves from seasonal flu. Yet, three out of every five people in the United States report not being vaccinated.
“Employers can help boost vaccination rates among their workforce by offering an on-site flu clinic, which gives employees easy access to the flu shot at little to no cost, and without leaving the office,” said Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager. “Even if an on-site flu clinic doesn’t make sense for an organization, employers play an important role in educating their employees on the importance of an annual flu shot and the resources available to them in their community.”
The flu vaccination for the 2016-2017 season is also available at all Wegmans Pharmacy locations. Customers can stop by the store pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription or appointment, and in most cases, the fee is covered by insurance in full.
“Millions of Americans come down with the flu every year, and by offering the employer on-site flu clinics and the flu vaccination in our pharmacies, we’re making it easy for those in our community to protect themselves from seasonal flu,” said Pompo
For more information about the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program, contact Brian Pompo, Wegmans Pharmacy Business Relations Manager, at Brian.Pompo@wegmans.com.
Wegmans Pharmacy ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Supermarket Pharmacies” by J.D. Power and Associates in 2015. The study was based on 14,914 total responses.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator