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Protecting Health Heroes: NSLHD Rolls Out 2024 Flu Vaccine

The 2024 influenza vaccine is now available for all health care workers across Northern Sydney Local Health District. It is highly recommended to prevent influenza infection within the workforce and amongst patients. 

The vaccination program, running from 15th April to 1st June, aligns with the influenza season’s timing, which has shown earlier onset in recent years. Healthcare workers are urged not to delay in seeking vaccination, as timely administration is crucial in preventing illness and protecting vulnerable patients.

Enhanced influenza vaccines are available for adults aged 65 years and older, providing added protection. NSLHD Chief Executive Anthony Schembri and Board Chair Trevor Danos received their vaccination at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Compliance with NSW Health’s vaccination requirements is mandatory for Category A workers and new recruits, with the deadline set for June 1, 2024. While strongly recommended for all healthcare workers, influenza vaccination is imperative during the designated influenza season for those in Category A positions.

All Category A health care workers are required to have the Influenza vaccination by 1 June 2024. 

Category A staff are those in positions that brings them into contact with vulnerable patients. Further information on immunisation category A and B can be found in the policy directive. If unsure, please discuss with your manager. 

“It’s important that we get vaccinated to protect ourselves and the patients we care for,” said Gigi Kwok, Nurse Unit Manager, Occupational Staff Health Service.

With the unpredictability of the influenza virus, prioritising vaccination is paramount. By getting vaccinated, healthcare professionals play a vital role in mitigating the spread of influenza within the community and ensuring the continuity of quality healthcare services. Don’t hesitate - take action today to safeguard yourself and those you care for against the flu.

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