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Providing simple messaging that encourages employees to write down when they intend to get their flu shots can greatly increase the chances of employees following through, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Yale University and Harvard University in conjunction with Evive Health.

“Employers have a vested interest in reducing sick days at the worksite, and flu shots are an important preventive tool to achieve that,” says Peter Saravis, CEO of Evive Health. “Fortunately, breakthrough studies in behavioral science are helping us understand new ways to motivate employees to participate in healthy behaviors, such as getting a flu shot. Our research found that prompting people to simply write down the specific date and time for when they planned to get a flu shot was a highly effective and zero cost method for increasing flu shot compliance.”

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