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Shoppers Drug Mart, HR firm partner to provide employee flu vaccines
October 28th, 2013
TORONTO – Morneau Shepell, a human resources consulting and outsourcing firm, has teamed up with Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. to make it easier for its clients' employees to get flu vaccinations.
Shoppers Drug Mart said Monday that employees of Morneau Shepell clients can now use a new online scheduling tool to book an appointment to get immunized. Staff log on to their internal employee website and click on a link to the Shoppers Drug Mart flu scheduler, where they can set up a time to get a flu shot for themselves and their family members.
Employees, too, can get a flu immunization without an appointment by going to a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy, which offers flu vaccines on a walk-in basis.
"Pharmacists are highly trained health care professionals, and with Shoppers Drug Mart conveniently located across the country, they are so easily accessible," stated Marilynne Madigan, managing partner for health and benefits in Ontario at Morneau Shepell, a leading provider of employee assistance programs and pension and benefit services. "We are excited to work with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide our clients' employees and loved ones with convenient access to flu vaccines."
Each year, about 1.5 million workdays are lost in Canada because of the flu, costing $1 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity, according to research cited by Shoppers Drug Mart. The drug chain added that a study from the University of Pittsburgh showed that vaccinating employees early in the flu season can save companies $63 to $95 per employee, and immunizing an entire firm of 150 employees early could save a business between $9,450 and $14,250.
"It's great to see Morneau Shepell and their clients making flu vaccinations a priority, as it is one of the most reliable ways to protect against the flu," Dorian Lo, executive vice president of pharmacy and health care at Shoppers Drug Mart, said in a statement. "An added benefit of getting vaccinated by a pharmacist is that people can get useful advice about other preventative measures at the same time."
In Canada, pharmacists are currently able to administer flu vaccines to those over age 5 in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Shoppers Drug Mart said that in provinces not allowing pharmacist vaccinations, it's working with other health care professionals to set up flu clinics for Morneau Shepell clients and their employees.