This year, our staff have a bigger role than ever in preventing the flu.
For the first time, it’s mandatory for many frontline staff to have the influenza vaccination by 1 June. Staff in intensive care (including neonatal and paediatric intensive and special care), antenatal, perinatal and post-natal areas, transplant wards and cancer services are all getting the jab.
However, it’s highly recommended for all health workers, according to Dr Shopna Bag, Director Public Health Unit.
“The vaccine is the best protection we have against flu,” Dr Bag said.
“You can protect yourself, your patients, your family and your community by getting vaccinated – it’s called herd immunity.”
April and May are the best months to get the vaccine to make sure it’s effective and protection lasts until the peak of the flu season (June to September).
All staff can get free flu vaccinations at our hospitals, with clinics scheduled up until 18 May.
In the first week alone, more than 1200 staff were vaccinated at Westmead Hospital, 600 at Blacktown Hospital and 300 at Auburn Hospital.
Get your free vaccine now
Visit a drop-in vaccination clinic at your hospital.
No appointments are necessary. All you need to do is check the clinic timetable and turn up with your consent form and Medicare card.
Don’t spread the flu; it’s up to you!