DETROIT, Nov. 28 Concentra Medical Centers, the nation'sleader in occupational health care serving employers and employees with 20centers in the Detroit area, has geared up for the flu season with thousandsof flu vaccines to serve the area's workforce. Concentra will be hosting fluclinics for area businesses so that employees can be vaccinated as the fluseason hits the Midwest.
Each year 1 in 5 people become sick with influenza. One flu shot can savea business more than a $1,000 in lost time by an employee who is notvaccinated and comes down with the flu. Concentra plans to administer 280,000flu vaccine doses across the country during the 2007-2008 flu season.
In a report released in 2006, the CDC documented the spread of theinfluenza virus across the United States. The information determined that thewestern-most regions, including the Pacific, Mountain, and Southwest statesexperienced an early and extended outbreak of the flu virus beginning inOctober and peaking in mid-December. The CDC expects to have the largestnumber of doses ever, up to 132 million flu vaccine doses during the 2007-2008flu season -- 12 million more than were produced last year.
"With more than 250 employer-based sites and 320 Concentra Medical Centersacross the country, we can provide flu shots to maximize effectiveness inaccordance with peak regional flu rates," said Jane Derebery, M.D.,Concentra's Influenza Program Director.
Concentra is a leading health care company that strives to make healthcare accessible and affordable. The company, through its affiliated providers,offers a broad range of services that provide quality patient care for work-related injuries while containing the rising costs of occupational health careand workers' compensation. The company operates 320 medical centers in 40states and more than 270 on-site medical facilities at employer locationsthroughout the nation. Through its affiliated providers, Concentra alsoprovides urgent care services at a growing number of its medical centerlocations to serve the gap between primary care physicians and the emergencyroom. http://www.concentra.com/Flu .