Australia’s health care workers are being strongly advised by the Federal Department of Health to get their flu vaccination by the end of this month.
Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to be vigilant about the flu this year.
“Our Aged Care workers are doing an exceptional job caring for our most vulnerable Australians in very challenging circumstances,” Minister Colbeck said.
“I am urging all care workers who work with older Australians, whether through residential facilities or in-home care, to heed this advice and get vaccinated against the flu.
“Senior Australians are the most at risk from serious illness from the flu, which is why it is essential that care workers are vaccinated.”
According to the Department, flu vaccinations are free for residents 65 years and older.
For aged care workers, these rules also apply:
- from 1 May, you must have your influenza vaccination to work in or visit an aged care facility
- if you’re a residential aged care worker, you must not go to work if you have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness
For more information on flu vaccines, visit the Department of Health’s immunisation page.
For support and advice surrounding COVID-19, please don't hesitate to contact Right at Home Australia on 1300-363-802. You can also contact the Department of Health's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800-020-080.
Keep up to date with COVID 19 information on the following links:
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As a home care provider, Right at Home Australia provides support and homecare and assistance for people suffering with illness so they can remain at home together with their loved ones through recovery. Our care services fall into several categories of home care for seniors, adults living with a disability and post-operative care including services for those with special care situations caused by complex medical conditions. Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and have a comprehensive portfolio of care services that ensure your loved ones get the care they need. If you or someone you love needs care due to changed conditions as a result of Coronavirus give us a call. Our number one priority is the safety of our staff and clients, and we follow strict hygiene and safety protocols.
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