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Should Businesses Open Checkbooks If Employees Want a Shot?

Should Businesses Open Checkbooks If Employees Want a Shot?

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.