7-Eleven convenience stores in Oklahoma* have been running contests encouraging employees to receive flu shots.
One contest involves employees to take a “selfie” as they receive the injections. According to a flyer, the names of store supervisors who receive the flu shot will be entered into a drawing to win paid time off. Supervisors must also convince 50 percent or more of their employees to also get their shots.
As an added bonus the flyer states “take a selfie while getting your flu shot and you can win one of three 75 dollar 7-Eleven gift cards for the best ‘flufie’.”
7-Eleven in Oklahoma are not the only employer advocating for flu shots for their employees. Employee absence due to illness is a huge expense for more most employers. So bottom-line focused corporations see the flu shot as away to reduce employee absences during the flu season. Employers can only rely on what they are told about the effectiveness and safety of the flu shot.
Flu shot safety
The flu shot is about 60% effective in preventing the flu. The means that 40% of those who receive the flu shot will develop the flu anyway. With that being said, there is little information available to potential flu shot recipients about the rare, but serious, side-effects.
Sadaka Associates has successfully handled cases for people injured by the flu shot. Some examples include:
1. Flu shot CIDP
2. Flu shot brachial neuritis
3. Flu shot GBS (Gullian-Barre syndrome)
4. Flu shot narcolepsy
During the 2009 swine flu pandemic around 800 children who received GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix flu vaccine develop the sleep disorder narcolepsy.
Narcolepsy is a chronic brain disorder that involves poor control of sleep-wake cycles.
A program known as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is responsible for paying off families of victims who experience adverse reactions to vaccinations .
*It is not clear if this an “official” 7-Eleven policy since the fliers only focus on Oklahoma.
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