Vaccination Campaign Success
Each year just before the Winter chills set in, the Department of Health conducts an immunisation campaign supplying free influenza vaccine to public hospitals, health care workers and vulnerable people in the community.
This year the Maryborough District Health Service Flu Vaccination Campaign not only achieved the Department of Health minimum requirement of vaccination of 75% for healthcare workers, it surpassed it by achieving 84%. This figure is well above the state average.
MDHS CEO Terry Welch is delighted with the result. ‘The immunization team made a concerted effort to reach the Health Department target uptake of immunizations at MDHS, minimizing the risk of transmission to the community’ Mr Welch said. In line with the Department of Health minimum requirement for vaccination of staff, Maryborough District Health Service strongly encourages and supports all clinical staff to take the opportunity to have the vaccine.
‘Flu vaccination of health care workers is known to have significant benefits for staff, patients and visitors, and even the potential to save lives’ said Mr Welch. Infection Control Coordinator, Helen McAuley credited the immunization team for the success of the MDHS campaign. ‘The immunization team conducted immunizations across all three campuses of the health service – Avoca, Dunolly and Maryborough. A timetable that increased availability was implemented with mobile vaccinators, after hours vaccination, weekend vaccination and all day clinics.’
‘New strategies included the circulation of promotional material, staff education pamphlets and posters throughout the organisation, along with t-shirts, badges and stickers to assist in raising staff awareness of the availability of immunization. The ‘Flu Movie” was uploaded to the intranet and website for both staff and patient information.’
According to the World Health Organisation, the best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated each season. Influenza virus spreads by droplets released from an infected person via sneezing, coughing or talking. A person can also acquire influenza through touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
Vaccination is recommended for the following groups that may suffer more serious consequences if infected with the flu:
- Pregnant women and women planning pregnancy
- Adults over 65
- Young children under 5
- Chronically ill patient and those with other underlying conditions
- Healthcare Professionals
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 or older
Practicing good hand hygiene and being vaccinated each year are important in protecting against influenza. Ask your doctor today about flu and flu prevention or to find out more visit www.theflumovie.com.au.