Workplace flu shots popular idea

One-third of Canadians more worried about getting the flu this year: Survey

Workplace flu shots popular idea
Canadians are keen to see employers offering flu shots at work, finds a survey.

Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of Canadians support having flu shots available in workplaces, finds a survey by pharmaceutical company Seqirus.

And 46 per cent of full- and part-time workers are personally interested in receiving a flu shot at their workplace -- including 19 per cent of workers who have never had a flu vaccine in their life.

Why the interest? It’s convenient. Plus, one in three Canadians are more concerned about getting the flu this year compared to last year – especially 18- to 24-year-olds (at 47 per cent).

In returning to their workplace, Canadian workers are also keen to have thermal body temperature screening machines installed as a matter of safety, according to a survey in August.

Nearly 50 per cent of Canadians believe that if they were to become sick, they wouldn’t be able to tell whether it was the seasonal flu or COVID-19.

Also, 78 per cent of those who thought they were experiencing seasonal flu symptoms would get tested for COVID-19 and 72 per cent would inform their doctor, according to the Seqirus survey of 1,493 adults from June 15 to 21, 2020.

Fear of losing their job may cause one in five workers to go to the office even when they are coughing, sneezing and feeling sick, according to a survey from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

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