Workplace Vaccinations

Why Are Workplace Vaccinations Important?

Certain occupations may expose workers to an increased risk of vaccine preventable diseases.

These occupations include healthcare, laboratories, dental surgeries, medical surgeries, emergency services, plumbing, sewage, or jobs involving children.

Staff working in these types of jobs are vulnerable to a whole range of different diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough, and they can transmit these diseases to family and friends if not immunised.

A workplace immunisation programme will not only help protect your staff from illness, but it will also protect those in their care, and should also help to reduce absenteeism in the workplace.

How Can We Help?

Not only do our experienced nurses provide Workplace Flu Vaccines, Working Health can deliver a workplace vaccination and recall system where vaccination forms part of your risk management strategy.

Instead of double vaccination twice, Working Health recommends that employees receive an antibody titer blood test to check for immunity.

Our commonly stocked vaccines include:

  • Measles
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Pertussis
  • Influenza

Common vaccination combinations include:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • TDaP (tetanus , diphtheria, pertussis)

Vaccine

A vaccine is substance that creates immunity against certain virus infections without causing catching the disease itself.

It's job is to boost the body’s own antibodies to combat a virus when present in the body.

Most children are vaccinated at a young age, but different policies may lead to adults not being vaccinated against common deadly diseases.

Vaccines contain some weakened or dead viruses that introduce antigens into the body that causes the body to react and fight the foreign antigens.

This process teaches the body how to combat the virus the next time, effectively making the person immune.

Antibody Titer

An antibody titer is a laboratory test that measures how many antibodies are in a blood sample. The level of antibodies helps determine a person’s immunity level.

If the antibody amount crosses a certain threshold, then the person is immune to the specific antigen (or virus), but if not, then they are at risk of contracting the disease.

For most adults who need to prove immunity for school or work, employers request a titer exam.

Although vaccines are reliable at immunisations, only a titer exam can accurately report on immunity.

Working Health will always recommend a titer to ensure proper immunity before vaccinating.

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