Adults Need More Than Flu Shot to Stay Healthy Throughout the Year

Late August, early September is typically a time when people take their last vacations of the summer and those with kids get them prepped for the start of a new school year. With that comes back-to-school shopping and annual vaccines to ensure that students are ready for school to start.

Kids have specific health requirements when it comes to vaccines; however, studies show that adults are not as diligent when it comes to staying up on their own immunizations. In the last few years, there has been a big push for Americans to receive the flu vaccine in order to prevent contracting the disease, especially during peak times. The flu shot, however, is not the only vaccine that adults should be receiving.

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Study: Employers Focusing on Cost Control and Employee Health

In general, the health care industry within the U.S. continues to evolve, forcing everyone from insurance companies to patients to adjust and prepare for these changes. Businesses, in particular, have to handle cost changes from insurance plans and new policies set in place by the government, in addition to managing what will be best for their employees.

Towers Watson, a global professional services company, published their findings in a survey that looked at current trends among businesses with over 1,000 employees. The study examined strategies and practices that employers are putting in place to manage the growing cost of health care.

Here are the primary focuses of the companies that participated in the study.

  1. Cost Management: The cost of health care continues to be on the rise and companies are looking for ways to still offer insurance to employees, while reducing the overall expense. More employers are looking into private insurance plans or self-insured options to lower the financial commitment in the future.
  2. Utilizing Innovative Ways to Deliver Care: Telemedicine and health care apps seem to be gaining in popularity. In an age where people expect instant care and information, incorporating more technology into medicine will allow employees to become more involved in their health care.
  3. Employee Engagement and Accountability: A healthy workforce usually equates to lower medical expenses and more productive employees. In order to motivate their staff, companies are considering utilizing financial incentives to encourage them to take more responsibility for their health.

The survey that was conducted focuses on larger employers. Do you think that small companies are considering a similar plan of action? Will things like financial incentives, mobile apps and offering telemedicine to employees be enough to increase health throughout the company and lower medical costs?

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