Certain occupations, particularly those related to healthcare are associated with an increased risk of vaccine preventable diseases.
Other occupations such as plumbers, emergency and essential services, and those working with children, animals or specific communities are recommended to be protected against certain vaccine preventable diseases.
Workplace immunisations make sense. They will protect staff from illness, will protect people in their care and reduce absenteeism from the workplace.
Immunisation should be offered as part of a workplace prevention program which will also include encouraging staff to practise good hygiene, seek appropriate treatment and stay home when unwell.
- Influenza immunisation for workplaces
Keep your workers healthy!Influenza can seriously impact your workplace - the close proximity and impact of people coming into work unwell makes it the ideal place to share such a highly contagious disease.
Workers with flu take an average of two weeks to recover and because they can be contagious before any symptoms show, it’s easy to spread.
Influenza is not the same as a cold. It is estimated that 2,800 Australians die each year from the complications of influenza, including pneumonia, so it makes sense to protect your staff and those in their care.
The Department of Health is encouraging all workplaces to take influenza seriously and offer free workplace vaccinations to staff.
This kit contains all the information required to arrange and promote a workplace vaccination program, whether you offer a clinic in your office, a mobile clinic to reach workers off-site or arrange vaccinations for staff at your local GP clinic.
Workplace Influenza kit:
- Tips for providing a successful workplace influenza vaccination program
- Workplace vaccination provider checklist
- Flu facts - addressing common myths about influenza
- Sample email/newsletter text to promote your vaccination program
- Influenza information for staff after vaccination - Congratulations on getting your flu shot
- Influenza vaccination poster template
- Hygiene posters (2) – Wash your hands regularly and Cover your cough and sneeze
- Immunisation for people working with children
People who work with children are at an increased risk of catching and passing on infectious diseases. Immunisation is recommended because:
- Young children and babies are more prone to illness as their immunity develops.
- Children are often less likely to practise good hygiene (for example washing their hands, covering their mouth when they cough and using tissues) and more likely to expose you to their bodily fluids!
- Some infectious diseases can be very serious. For example, whooping cough (also called pertussis) can be deadly for young babies, but will often be a mild illness in adults.
- Many infectious diseases, such as measles, are highly infectious several days before any symptoms appear.
Staying up-to-date with immunisations is the most effective way you can protect yourself and the children and babies you work with from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Download fact sheet
- Workplace vaccination resources
The Australian Immunisation Handbook
Australian Q Fever Register
Immunisation for health care workers (Revised October 2007)
Check your immunisation HALO
The immunisations you may need are decided by your health, age, lifestyle and occupation. Together, these factors are referred to as HALO.