2019 Flu Vaccinations

Vaccine-preventable disease has not been eradicated. Seasonal outbreaks occur, and 2018 saw not only 250,000 cases of laboratory-confirmed flu, but also 1,100 Australians died from influenza complications. The flu affects everyone, and infections among the elderly are more likely to require hospitalisation or other serious complications such as pneumonia.

We at KOPWA believe that all staff who choose to be vaccinated are at a lower risk of contracting influenza. Even healthy individuals, who can be potential carriers of the influenza virus could potentially put the lives of those we care for at risk. Therefore under the Quality Principles of Care 2014, KOPWA Ltd, like previous years, is offering all staff the annual free flu vaccinations, as we recognise working alongside elderly residents and clients poses significant risks.

As the flu virus changes from year to year, the previous year’s vaccine decreases in its immunity. Although there is no 100% guarantee that any vaccination works, evidence-based studies have seen a reduction of contracting influenza by 40-50% in the people who have received the vaccination.

After vaccination, the body will develop its immunity within 2 to 3 weeks, and the effect usually lasts for 6-8 months. We hope to aim for best practice target of 95% vaccination coverage of our staff.

For more information on KOPWA’s services, please call (02) 9412 0284