Most adults spend many of their waking hours at work. Worksites are a good place to encourage employees to become immunized. Worksites may include strategies and activities for employees or managers. For example, worksites can improve employee’s knowledge about immunizations. Worksites can also have policies on offering immunizations in the workplace. Some worksite programs or policies are decided on by managers. Others are created by employees and managers working together. Worksite interventions can also help support employee’s families. For example, the worksite can also provide immunizations for family members, in addition to the employee.
Worksite-based interventions work best when used with interventions in other settings:
- Community-based settings: worksites can sponsor community events about immunizations
- School-based settings: worksites can offer flexible work leave policies to let parents go to school activities
- Faith-based settings: faith-based organizations can use worksite facilities or equipment to host events about immunization
- Health care facility-based settings: health care facilities can create policies to offer incentives for employees who receive immunization prevention
- Home-based settings: worksites can provide employees with flyers on the importance of vaccinating their children
Things to consider for worksite-based interventions:
- Because adults are often employed at worksites for long periods of time, the worksite is a good place to provide a variety of interventions over time to the same group of adults.
- Worksites can create environments and policies to encourage immunization. When these environments and policies are supported by management, employees are more likely to follow them.
- Immunization programs in the workplace can lead to fewer missed work days.
- Many small businesses find it useful to work with existing community-based programs to support employees and their families with immunization education and resources off-site.
- Certain workplaces such as health care facilities, day care centers, schools and long term care facilities are important locations to promote immunizations since employees are at greater risk for being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Immunization programs may be more successful if top managers give their support.
- It is important that the immunization opportunities created are flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees.