When it is influenza season, be aware that many common respiratory infections are spread from person to person via coughing and sneezing. The best way to protect yourself and others from influenza type infections is to be proactive and adopt good hygiene practices for
Be vigilant in implementing
infection control practices that minimise the potential for disease transmission.
Departmental flu vaccination program for staff
There is currently a Whole of Government – Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) for Workplace Health Services (QGP0048-18). This SOA lists flu vaccination providers able to provide this service for 2018-2021. All major regional cities and towns are serviced for flu vaccinations (e.g. Cairns, Townsville, Mackay etc.). Many of our smaller, more remote locations are also serviced by the providers, however there are some exceptions.
For information on how to arrange a flu vaccination clinic for employees in departmental schools and workplaces, please visit the Staff Flu Vaccination Program on OnePortal.
Once approved and arranged, each departmental school or worksite will promote the dates and booking procedures for that specific school or workplace.
If you have any queries about the department's flu vaccination program please visit the Staff Flu Vaccination Program page.
It is recommended you be vaccinated if:
- you have children who go to school or day care
- you are a smoker (smokers are more likely to develop complications from the flu)
- you have a chronic medical condition e.g. cardiac condition, lung disease or asthma
- you work or travel in crowds
- you live or work with people in a high risk group (with a chronic medical condition).
Vaccination against the influenza virus is also important because:
- Influenza spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
- You don't have to have flu symptoms to spread the virus.
- People can take several weeks to recover from the flu.
- The flu does not discriminate against who it infects – fit and healthy people are at risk too.
- Each year the influenza virus is different, so is the vaccine. An influenza vaccination is needed each year to effectively fight against the virus.