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Flu Vax

St. John’s Flu VAX Clinics 2018

Vaccination clinics for all Staff

APRIL 20TH 2018  – 10am – 2pm

APRIL 27TH 2018 – 1pm – 5pm

Vaccination clinics for volunteers, service providers, Residents, their families and carers, all Terraces and self-care residents and all staff:

MAY 10TH 2018 – 1pm – 5pm

MAY 21ST 2018 –  9am – 1pm

MAY 29th 2018 – 7am – 11am

12 Reasons why Healthcare Workers (HWC) to have a yearly influenza vaccination

The influenza virus is highly contagious, and can easily spread from person to person:

  • by sneezing mucus directly into the nose or mouth
  • when inhaling the aerosols produced
  • by touching contaminated objects suck as bank notes, door knobs and light switches.
  • Influenza (flu) can be debilitating, and is more sever than a cold.
  • Due to close contact with patients, healthcare workers have a higher chance of contracting influenza.
  • As a duty of care to vulnerable patients i.e. if influenza is passed on to an elderly patient, infancy or someone with underlying conditions, the consequences may be severe.
  • Help protect your family from influenza, and consider what may be missed if any of you are unwell e.g. holidays, days off work as a carer.
  • If you have influenza, you can be infectious to others for the 24 hours before symptoms start, and continue to be infectious for about a week after symptoms start.
  • Vaccination is the most effective method of preventing influenza
  • In terms of the efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccine, this depends primarily on the age and health of the vaccine recipient and the degree of similarity between the virus strain in the vaccine and those circulating in the community.
  • The World Health Organisation and the local body, the National Health and Medical Research Council recommend yearly influenza vaccination for healthcare workers.
  • The dominant influenza strain often mutate year to year and the effect of the vaccine wear off over time, so yearly influenza vaccination is recommended.
  • You can’t get the flu from the vaccine. The vaccine is inactivated, hence, it does not contain any live viruses and cannot cause the illness.
  • Vaccines, like other medicines, can have side effects, however the majority of side effects are minor.
  • The influenza virus does not discriminate. Even fit and healthy people can catch influenza, and pass it on.
  • The past is no predictor of the future.
When is the best time to get Vaccinated?

Vaccination is best undertaken in autumn (March to May) in anticipation of Australia’s peak flu season which is usually between June and September.

Download the 12 Reasons for Health Care Workers to have a yearly Influenza Vaccination Presentation.

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