Dr. Moore of Nationwide maintains that immunization is the most cost-effective
treatment in medicine. By way of example, vaccinating children against the influenza
virus averages a savings (including health care costs, parents’ missed
work, etc.) of up to $35 per vaccine recipient. And experts predict that estimate
is low, because it doesn’t take into account the rapid spread of the flu.
The American Association of Family Physicians’ Web site, www.aafp.org,
offers a recommended adult immunization schedule created by the Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices. This schedule, tiered by age and chances of exposure,
recommends diphtheria, tetanus, influenza, pneumonococcal, hepatitis B, hepatitis
C, measles, mumps and rubella, varicella and meningococcal vaccinations.
Ideas to incorporate prevention and early detection:
- Hold a wellness fair and invite organizations that provide testing services
for such conditions as blood pressure, blood iron, cholesterol, body mass
index (BMI) and diabetes.
- Offer educational materials about well-baby care and immunizations.
- Choose health care coverage plans that include wellness check-ups and immunizations.
- Offer worksite mammograms for employees.
- Sponsor worksite flu shots to coincide with flu season.