WORKWELL offers a full range of immunisations in the Fremantle practice, which can also be administered in the workplace by our trained nurses, who will bring adrenaline and antihistamines in case of an allergic reaction.
Influenza vaccinations are offered by many employers to protect their staff. This is an excellent way to reduce lost time from work, as influenza can spread rapidly within a workplace setting.
We are anticipating a particular bad flu season in 2018, and do recommend that you prepare!
Influenza is a common disease with over 230,000 people being infected in 2017. It can infect healthy people as well as those at risk. Many businesses are offering onsite flu vaccinations for their staff as a way to prevent illness in the workplace and reducing the number of days off work.
The flu season comes around annually between May to September without fail! It can be a serious illness affecting all ages, but deadly for certain groups of people (The very young, the elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised people). The Flu is spread from Respiratory droplets produced by breathing, coughing, sneezing etc. Have you ever considered how many organisms are currently on your workplace phone or keyboard? Go straight for the antiseptic wipes!
Workplaces are the ideal environment for viruses to spread with close contact with employees, air conditioning, sharing of work spaces, this is why it is important for businesses to educate their staff on “the flu” prior to the start of the season.
- Hand hygiene, frequent hand washing/sanitising, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, disposal of tissues, cleaning of shared workplace equipment, don’t shake hands!
- If you are sick, stay at home - Education on the symptoms of influenza and not braving it out when symptoms start - fever, headache, runny nose, congestion, generalised aches. Many of these people will have a cold and be back to work in 1-3 days. With influenza, it can take 1-3 days for the full blown symptoms to kick in, in which time the virus has had 3 days to get acquainted with more of your employees.
- A vaccination program in your workplace may reduce the pool of people to spread the disease.
This year we are offering the quadrivalent flu vaccine which covers the 4 most serious strains from 2017 flu season. A vaccination program in your workplace may prevent influenza in up to 70% of your employees, thereby reducing the number of days off due to sickness.
If you are interested in providing a Vaccination program in your workplace, now is the time to get it booked in, give Workwell Ellen Health a call on 92390239.
Travel vaccinations are also available through WORKWELL.
Our doctors and nurses are trained to provide information relevant to the location you will travel, utilising up to date Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information.
This includes Yellow Fever immunisations, available 7 days per week.
Our team will provide appropriate advice for all your travel needs.
The tenth edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook provides important information about administration of vaccines. It is currently being updated with the latest safety guidelines.
The Government is keen to address any fears people may have regarding immunisation safety: