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Workplace Flu Vaccinations Provide an Excellent Return
Monday, 25 June 2012, 9:50 am
Life Care Consultants can come to your workplace and administer the influenza vaccine to your staff.
The optimal time for vaccinating is March to June. As it takes between four days and two weeks for the vaccination to give the full protection, it is recommended that you are vaccinated early.
Immunisation should be completed annually as the protection diminishes over time and because different strains of the influenza virus are present each year.
Although it is often considered to be a minor illness, influenza can have very serious effects. The effect of the illness extends beyond the healthcare system, for example:
• Family members caring for sick partners or children
• Potential lost earnings whilst being absent from work
• Missed school days
• Inability to meet sporting commitments and enjoy leisure activities
It is estimated that in New Zealand there were 5,650 deaths attributed to influenza from 1980-1992. This is over half the number of deaths resulting from car accidents in the same period.
The difference between influenza and a cold
|Illness lasts up to 10 days||Symptoms last 4-10 days|
|Usually a high fever||High fever is less common|
|Shivering attacks||Shivering attacks are rare|
|Muscular pains||Infrequent muscular pains|
|May be bedridden|
|Headache (may be severe)||Headache less common|
|Dry cough may become moist||Cough less severe|
|Vomit occasionally||Vomit rarely|
|Can suffer complications (pneumonia)||Complications are less frequent|
|Vaccine available||No vaccine available|
This information was taken from www.influenza.org.nz
You can download a vaccine consent form here
Flu Vaccination Brochure - FAQ PDF