Suncare Community Services is encouraging their staff and volunteers to have their annual flu vaccination to help protect themselves, their families and their clients from seasonal influenza.
Due to the COVID-19 situation in Queensland, Suncare is paying for the flu vaccination through a reimbursement scheme as the organisation continues to deliver essential community services and office locations are closed. Whilst the flu vaccination does not prevent COVID-19, it is critical to protect high risk members of the community from seasonal influenza. A vaccine preventable disease can cause serious, life threatening illness, chronic health problems and potentially death.
“Being vaccinated as soon as possible is important for all staff and volunteers at Suncare Community Services to reduce the chance of transmitting vaccine preventable diseases to vulnerable people in the community. We put our staff and customer's health at the forefront of what we do. Protecting their health and wellbeing is our priority,” said Suncare CEO Russell Mason.
“Our goal is to have this completed no later than 1st May 2020.”
Influenza and vaccine preventable diseases can be spread several ways including coughing, sneezing, touching a contaminated surface, talking, breathing, blood and bodily fluid.
Suncare has also instigated mandatory hygiene training and temperature testing and increased the use of personal protective equipment as other precautions.
In accordance with Queensland Health, having your vaccination in April will protect you from the flu season in Queensland that typically runs from June to September, with the peak usually in August. The greatest protection against influenza occurs within the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination.
Vaccines are made available through a range of providers including your local council or community health clinic, aboriginal medical services, public hospital, pharmacies and general practices.