Shots are no one’s favorite activity at the doctor’s office, however they are pertinent to maintaining a healthy workforce. While some appear obvious, others may come as a surprise necessity when entering the workplace. For your convenience, we have listed five recommended vaccines for a healthful office experience.
Flu Vaccine (every year)
Cold and flu season spans from December to February, reaching its peak in the latter. Receiving your flu shot is especially important in the workplace, with its close interactions and many shared spaces. Flu vaccines cause the development of antibodies around two weeks post vaccination. These antibodies protect against infection from various influenza viruses predicted to be common in the upcoming cold and flu season. Because of this two week buffering period, employees should have their vaccine administered in advance of the approaching flu season.
Tetanus Vaccine (every 10 years)
Tetanus, also referred to as lockjaw, occurs when bacteria enters the body through even the smallest of cuts or puncture wounds. The illness takes typically 14 days to incubate, depending on the wound’s level of contamination at the time of exposure. Symptoms include jaw cramping, muscle spasms, seizures, headache, painful muscle stiffness and a fever. How could you contract this in a workplace setting? Tetanus lives in more than just rusty nails. You can find it in soil, dust, manure, insect bites, animal bites, scratches and splinters; half of which you can encounter in an office setting.
Hepatitis A and B Vaccine (every 20 years)
The hepatitis A and B vaccine is recommended for various reasons, including travel. Both hepatitis A and B affect the liver, albeit differently. While the former causes jaundice, nausea, diarrhea and fatigue, the latter entails organ scarring, liver failure and cancer. In the U.S., the chances of contracting hepatitis has reduced greatly. This does not apply to all regions, however. Americans who travel abroad, particularly to non-urban areas with poor sanitation, run the greatest risk of infection. For those who must travel for work, often or not, the hepatitis A and B vaccine should rank at the top your planning list.
Meningococcal Virus Vaccine (One and done)
Meningitis spreads through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. Most often passed through coughing or kissing, this infection affects the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include severe headache, vomiting, light sensitivity and neck stiffness. While the these germs are not as contagious as the flu, it is still smart to receive your vaccination when working in close quarters with others.
Chickenpox (Varicella) and Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccines (One and done)
The chickenpox is not isolated just to children. Anyone who has never contracted the disease or received its vaccination is susceptible. Following a chickenpox infection, the virus will lie dormant in the body until adulthood, where it can reappear as shingles. Additionally, chickenpox is highly contagious and transmitted through direct contact and airborne droplets. Estimated at 1 million cases each year in the U.S., shingles is not as infectious, only able to transmit through direct contact with blister fluid. Because those with shingles can work with covered rashes, it is smart to receive your vaccination in case of accidental contact.
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