What is Influenza?
Influenza, commonly called ‘the Flu’ is an infectious viral disease. It is often caused by Influenza virus type A or type B. The flu can cause life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The Flu usually occurs in winter because colder conditions enhance mutating abilities of the virus. The Flu usually starts as a respiratory disease.
Symptoms to look out for:
It manifests influenza through the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Sore throat
- Muscle and joint pain
- The incubation period for Influenza is 24 to 72 hours
- The symptomatic period lasts for 3 to 7 days
Fast facts about Flu vaccination
- You will not get sick with the Flu after vaccination since the vaccine is not composed of a live virus
- Flu vaccines are safe
- Influenza vaccine will not protect you from the common cold or any Flu-like symptoms. It is intended to combat the Flu only.
The Flu Season was deadly 2019
- In 2009 there were 310,011 confirmed cases of Influenza in Australia
- The estimated death toll related to the flu was 4,200 in 2019
Vaccinations Save Lives
The flu is a highly contagious viral infection. It can cause severe illness and pneumonia. Flu vaccinations can reduce the risk of illness by up to 60 percent.
Who should be immunised against the flu?
Immunisation is recommended for people who work or live in close contact with those who have an underlying medical condition or impaired immunity to minimise the spread of the flu. The Australian Immunisation Handbook recommends the following ‘at risk’ people be vaccinated:
- Health care workers
- People with a BMI greater than 30
- Staff in long-term care facilities or nursing homes
- People who live with, or care for someone who has a chronic illness or is aged over 65 years
- Essential services workers
- People who work with children
- Anyone visiting parts of the world where flu is circulating, especially if travelling in a group
What good does flu vaccination do to your organisation?
Influenza leads to unplanned sick leave. Companies are faced with increasing in costs and lost productivity as a result of a Flu outbreak.
- Vaccinations can reduce illness by up to 60% resulting in a healthier, more productive workplace.
Quality Assurance from AusHealth Work
You can depend on the quality of our corporate Flu vaccination and health services. We offer on-site Flu vaccinations for the convenience and ease of your employees. The AusHealth Work team includes well trained nursing staff equipped with the latest skills and experience.
Cold Chain Management
Our vaccines are always effective because of cold chain management. This involves the transport and storage of vaccines within safe temperature ranges. The cold chain starts from the moment the vaccine was manufactured up to the time it is administered.
Rest assured that AusHealth Work is compliant to Department of Health guidelines including cold chain breach procedures, staff training, auditing functions, vaccine storage, vaccine transport, temperature monitoring systems and a high standard of equipment maintenance.