Monday, June 18, 2018

Uralvagonzavod begins flu shot campaign

The Uralvagonzavod Scientific & Production Corporation recently launched its yearly flu shot campaign, anticipating the immunization of 15,000 workers through the end of the campaign in mid-November.

The company plans to use Grippol+, a flu vaccine given to adults. The company used the vaccine in its campaigns for each of the last few years, Ural Business Consulting reports.

In 2011, 10,000 workers received flu shots, resulting in a major decrease in the number of employees who came down with the flu. By increasing the amount of immunizations by 5,000 more employees in 2012, the company wants to bring the number of cases down even further.

The company will immunize its employees in the most high-risk groups first, including its catering sector, transportation sector and medical unit employees.

The company provides free shots to company workers. According to doctors, added flu shots may prevent a flu epidemic within the company, Ural Business Consulting reports.

While the flu season has not yet hit Russia this season, a top Russian doctor gave recommendations on Tuesday for people wishing to avoid the flu when it comes, the Moscow Times reports.

Gennady Onishchenko, the head of the state consumer protection watchdog, recommends that Russians eat a good breakfast, dress warmly and gather protective face masks to prevent an outbreak.

He also said that flu vaccinations could help, anticipating that more than 30 percent of the population could receive vaccines during the winter, Itar-Tass reports.