WANADAs annual flu shot program for dealer employees Is accepting registrations over the summer

WANADAs annual flu shot program for dealer employees is accepting registrations over the summer

Registration is now open for WANADAs seasonal flu shot program for dealership employees. With the flu annually infecting over 40 million people, resulting in workplace disruptions averaging 4-5 work days per employee, this is a popular, well received WANADA employee benefit for dealer members.

Once again, WANADAs flu shot program will be available on-site at WANADA dealerships, administered by Norvar Health Services. The on-site service will be available for adults aged 18 and older.

This year Norvar Health Services is offering both the trivalent (3-strain) and quadrivalent (4-strain) vaccines. For years, flu vaccines were designed to protect against 3 different flu viruses (trivalent). This included an influenza A H1N1 virus, an influenza A H3N2 virus and one B virus. Experts had to choose one B virus, even though there are two very different lineages of B viruses that both circulate during most seasons. This meant the vaccine did not protect against the group of B viruses not included in the vaccine. The quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Adding another B virus to the vaccine aims to give broader protection against circulating flu viruses.

The fee will be $24 per shot for the trivalent vaccine, and $31 for the quadrivalent vaccine with a minimum of twenty (20) participants required at each location. Locations with less than 20 participants will be billed as if 20 doses of the trivalent vaccine were administered.

Adults 65 and older have a choice of getting the high-dose trivalent flu shot, which offers better protection against the flu compared with the regular trivalent shot. The fee for the high dose shot will be $38. Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, aging decreases the bodys ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the high-dose vaccine gives older people a better immune response against the flu. Data have shown that that leads to greater protection against influenza.

To have your dealership participate, please register online at www.norvarhealthservices.com, under Scheduling. Please do not fax your registration! Alternatively, you may call Norvar at 202-744-1360. Given the popularity of this program, all are encouraged to register early to guarantee the date of your choice. Any request received after Aug. 31 may be subject to vaccine availability. Hence, look at Aug. 31 as the registration deadline!

Norvar Health Services will begin conducting on-site visits starting September 14, 2015. All scheduling will be done by Norvar upon submission of your registration. Norvar will contact the dealerĂªs designated representative with the scheduled date/time and forward all appropriate forms. Norvar will invoice the dealership directly for all flu shots administered via the program, subject to the 20 doses minimum.

If you have questions, please contact Connie Ryan at WANADA at (202) 237-7200.

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