April 27, 2022

Staff flu vaccinations available

Northern Health staff and volunteers are now able to receive their annual flu vaccination.

As the colder winter months approach, now is the time for staff and volunteers to come forward, roll up their sleeves and boost their immunity with the flu vaccine.

With staff and volunteers having already received all required COVID-19 vaccines, the flu vaccination will provide extra protection against another virus. Anyone can be affected by the flu, and with little to no flu in circulation due to closed borders and lockdowns brought on by the pandemic, it is likely there will be more cases of influenza in 2022.

It is recommend by the Department of Health, that individuals receive their influenza vaccine anytime from mid-April, to ensure optimal protection during the flu season, typically between June and September.

Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive, was one of the first to receive this year’s flu shot. He said the flu vaccine is an important measure in protecting one’s own health.

“It is still as important as ever to receive your flu shot this year, especially with COVID-19 still in the community. By getting the flu shot, you are not only protecting yourself from the flu, but also your family, friends and community,” he said.

Madelaine Flynn, Director, Infection Prevention, said, “with international travel returning this year, the circulation of other viruses will be more noticeable than 2020 and 2021, inclusive of influenza. Therefore, it is important to have the flu vaccine to prevent influenza and its complications.”

The vaccine will be administered across all wards in set sessions, with more information to be released soon. Roving nurses will also be onsite to accommodate for larger groups of non-clinical staff. Managers can email staff.health@nh.org.au to arrange for an immuniser to visit their area.

All COVID-19 vaccines can also be co-administered (given on the same day) as an influenza vaccine.

Community members are encouraged to speak to their local doctor or pharmacy to access flu vaccinations.

For more information, please see the Intranet.