Influenza Vaccination Clinics – 2018

The first step in preparing for the Influenza season

Last year’s influenza season has been reported as one of the worst on record. Reasons for this include the circulation of multiple strains of the virus and the virulence of the H3N2 strain. Currently, the northern hemisphere is in the midst of a pandemic, with widespread and intense flu activity and a high rate of hospitalisations, particularly among those over age 65 years. With lockdowns already experienced in Australian Aged Care Facilities  in Summer 2018, it is expected that this year we will experience similar in the southern hemisphere

To make it easy for you to implement your staff vaccination program, Bug Control Infection Control Advisory Service can offer Influenza vaccination for your staff onsite at your facility. This provides a “one-stop shop” approach to ensuring all of your staff are vaccinated and removes the usual barriers to vaccination because we:

  • Arrange the clinic
  • Provide a Registered Nurse Immuniser and vaccine delivered to your door
  • Maintain all necessary documentation
  • Distribute support material to assist you to raise awareness amongst your staff of the need for Influenza vaccination

Clinics will be held from April 3rd – June 1st, with a possibility of extension according to demand for the Sydney Metro, Newcastle, Wollongong and Blue Mountains regions only.

For Staff – Evidence suggests that high rates of vaccination among staff members may reduce influenza-related mortality among care recipients, by contributing substantially to herd immunity and protecting care recipients by reducing risk of introduction and transmission of influenza. (CDNA 2005)

For Care Recipients – Studies have shown that influenza vaccination of those aged 65 years or older, regardless of the presence or absence of chronic illness, reduces mortality by up to 50% in the winter period. The vaccine can also be 70 – 90% effective in preventing illness in healthy persons aged under 65 years.

For Your Operations – Evidence shows that an outbreak incurs a significant cost to the business operations of a Facility – sick leave, casual staff to replace sick staff, empty beds, lockdown protocols, reputation and outbreak recovery – this can cost $50,000 per week and upwards. Immunisation ensures staff are protected thus minimising this risk.

The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) has made its recommendations for the composition of influenza vaccine for Australia in 2018 which has now been TGA approved.

  • A (H1N1):an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A (H3N2):an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B:a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.
  • The quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the Australian 2018 influenza season should contain the trivalent influenza vaccine components listed above, and the additional B strain:
    • B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

The AIVC recommendation for the composition of influenza vaccines for Australia in 2018 introduces a new A (H3N2) like virus strain when compared to the composition of the trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines for Australia in 2017. For the TIV the B strain has swapped to the alternative B strain included in the quadrivalent vaccine.

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