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Don’t Let Complacency Affect Your Workplace

on 17 Mar 2022 12:49 PM
Blog Category: Health Blog

People are vaxxed out after having several COVID vaccinations. The concern is that, combined with almost no flu last year, they will drag their feet about having a Flu Vaccination.

However, Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has been warning about the likelihood of flu’s return,  “With open borders and with a relatively open society, we expect COVID will continue to be circulating, and flu almost certainly will be here in winter as it normally is.”1

Last week, The Age2 quoted Victorian Health Authorities who said they are bracing for a wave of flu cases as a spate of viruses suppressed for the past two years by COVID-19 restrictions make a comeback.

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent the flu and its complications. 

Common Questions Answered

There’s little or  no flu around at the moment. Should we wait until the flu hits before vaccinating staff?

No. You should not wait for flu activity to be rising or high in the community. While flu activity may be low, it could begin increasing at any time. Remember, after being vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies that protect against flu.

When’s the best time to get vaccinated?

Annual vaccination should ideally occur before the onset of each flu season. The period of peak flu circulation is typically June to September in most parts of Australia. However, influenza epidemiology may be atypical this year, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and the return of international travel. We recommend April – June for your workplace flu vaccination clinic.

What’s the difference between COVID-19 and the Flu?

Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and seasonal flu (most often just called “flu”) is caused by infection with one of many influenza viruses that spread annually among people.

Do I Need To Vaccinate My Staff Every Year?

Flu viruses are constantly changing so new flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with these changes. The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee meets each year and recommends the composition of the Influenza Vaccine. Read about the Flu Vaccine Strains for 2022. An annual flu vaccination program is still the single most effective measure available to prevent the flu impacting your workplace.

Vaccination Options

As your staff may only just be returning to work onsite with some days still spent working from home, we provide vaccination options for you. Experience has shown us that the more accessible a flu vaccination is, the more likely people are to get vaccinated.

We provide workplace vaccinations (either onsite or in your carpark) as well as pharmacy vouchers for a Flu Vaccination that staff members can redeem when it suits them. Get A Quote

Why Choose JTA?

JTA has been in the industry for over 30 years and understands the importance of providing you with trained and qualified nurses to administer vaccinations onsite, at a time to suit you and with minimal disruptions to the working day.

Protect your staff and your workplace by booking an onsite Flu Vaccination clinic. Our Online Flu Vaccination Booking System makes it quick and easy to get a quote or make a booking.

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