Home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and five global Fortune 500 companies, Atlanta has established itself as headquarters for a global business society and for illness prevention. Third party providers of preventive healthcare are helping companies understand the necessity of immunizations and other health precautions for traveling employees. What’s more, it’s bringing these services directly to clients’ doors.
A survey conducted by the National Business Travel Association finds that business travel will continue to grow in 2008, with the top three international destinations for corporate travel being China, the United Kingdom and India. Business travelers are more susceptible to disease while traveling abroad because of the locations to which they travel, usually developing regions, and a lack of proper planning, resulting in 20 to 70 percent of people reporting some health problem with traveling.
American businesses lose approximately $61.2 billion each year as a result of employee illness. Employees are a company’s most valuable asset and one worth investing in for a successful future. Offering convenient healthcare services will not only improve your benefits package and result in happier employees, it will save time lost from work, increase productivity and help maintain a ‘healthy’ bottom-line.
Preventive healthcare providers offer comprehensive preventive healthcare services including on-site group immunizations, personalized wellness programs, food/water precaution lists and travel health products for businesses with a large number of international travelers.
The CDC lists some of the most common travelers’ diseases as malaria, meningitis, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid and hepatitis. While these diseases may be more prevalent in certain areas, it is quite possible to contract them from neighboring regions. Prevention of these sicknesses is possible if employees take the time to get the proper immunizations.
Many travel immunization require a lead time of four to six weeks. Often times patients don’t take their immunizations because they weren’t aware of necessary deadlines. The hassle of rearranging a travel schedule and finding a local private physician to administer a vaccination can take valuable time up from employees’ days and make their jobs more stressful.
Making preventive healthcare convenient and effective should be a priority for any company that wants healthy and productive employees. Hiring a third party provider that can provide a range of wellness programs on site will ensure that proper health precautions and immunizations are always at the top of employees’ packing lists.
Source/strong> by Semie Lee