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Should Businesses Open Checkbooks If Employees Want a Shot?

Should Businesses Open Checkbooks If Employees Want a Shot?
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Efforts by everyone from the American Medical Association to Jimmy Kimmel touting the efficacy of vaccines seem to be paying off – at least when it comes to flu shots, according to a poll of 512 people by FleishmanHillard TRUE. Almost half said vaccines against influenza should be mandatory. A huge majority – 75 percent – said their companies should encourage employees to be inoculated. That’s a figure headquarters might want to consider with flu season just around the corner. Read on for more insights into how consumers feel about the vaccine.

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Asked if flu shots should be mandatory, 42 percent of respondents said yes. That number jumped to 61 percent when asking those who received a flu shot last year.

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When it comes to paying the bill, more than three quarters (77%) believe employers should cover the cost, and 66% say employers also should be responsible for shots of employees’ children.

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Asked if companies should make flu shots mandatory, six in 10 say they’d feel more positively about a company that makes flu shots mandatory for children in company-sponsored daycare. However, less than half (45%) would feel more positive about a company that required employees to be vaccinated against the flu, while a quarter (26%) said that would have a more negative opinion.

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Can a CEO impact the likelihood that employees will receive flu shots? According to consumers, nearly half (49%) would be more likely to receive a flu shot if their CEO recommended it. The other half had already made up their minds on whether to be vaccinated.

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