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Influenza vaccination alert for nurses and midwives

Friday 20th July, 2012

While the ANF does not support mandatory vaccination for health professionals we do strongly encourage all nurses and midwives engaged in direct patient care to obtain influenza vaccination for themselves.

Wherever they practice, nurses and midwives are well placed to promote vaccination to the public, especially those identified as high risk groups such as the very young and the elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and pregnant women.

Listed below are suggested websites which contain useful information for members on vaccination.

Flutracking
http://www.flutracking.net/survey/reports/LatestReport.pdf

Seasonal Flu Vaccine advice
http://www.tga.gov.au/newsroom/media-2012-seasonal-flu-120206.htm

Australian immunisation program
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/about-the-program, and
http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/content/immunise-influenza

Questions and answers on influenza (Flu) vaccination 2012
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/Publishing.nsf/content/immunise-influenza-qanda

Immunisation information for Health Professionals
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/health-prof

Advice from Chief Medical Officer re vaccination
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-21/csl-fluvax-vaccination-report-findings/4083736

Reporting adverse events
http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/health-prof#aefi