Many individuals, employees are unaware of the benefits available
Chronic diseases are responsible for seven of every 10 American deaths each year, and account for 75% of the country’s health spending. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 100,000 lives could be saved annually if everyone in the U.S. received their recommended preventive care. It’s no joke when we say early treatment of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases can save lives and reduce personal financial hardship.
The good news? Nearly all employer-sponsored and individual health plans fully cover preventive care services. In addition, most recommended screenings and vaccines are relatively painless and can be performed in a provider’s office in just a few minutes. Unfortunately, recent estimates indicate “Americans use preventive services at about half the recommended rate.” There are numerous factors driving low participation rates; however, one of the largest reasons involves the misconception about what constitutes preventive care, which is why it’s vital to make employees aware of preventive care benefits.
Many employees underestimate the importance of staying up to date with their vaccinations, or don’t know which vaccines they need. Every year, thousands of adults in the U.S. become needlessly ill from infectious diseases. Many are hospitalized and some even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
All employees should get an annual flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu, and a Td vaccine every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria. Other vaccines may be necessary based on age, health conditions, occupation and other factors. In addition, some travel-related vaccines are part of a series or are needed months prior to the intended travel date to be most effective.
If you’re an HR professional looking to jump start your company’s preventive care program, please contact a Bukaty benefits consultant at 913.345.0440.
You can also download free education materials or find resources on addressing patient questions and concerns about adult vaccines by clicking here.