Occupational Immunisations

An overview of vaccination requirements for workplaces

Updated over a week ago

KINNECT offers a fully-managed immunisation service, either conveniently on-site,

or within our locally based clinics. Site-based immunisation is an excellent option for those

locations concerned with down time associated with such a program, whilst maximising coverage of all personnel. The immunisation program will be coordinated by a dedicated account manager at KINNECT and contact details will be provided at time of confirmation.

SEROLOGY

It is recommended that Serology testing always be conducted prior to any immunisation program so as to determine whether there is existing immunity and identify those that are at risk of contracting the relevant disease and therefore require immunisation. In addition to identifying those who are at risk, results may indicate that a ‘booster' vaccine is only necessary.

It is not necessary that serology be conducted for Tetanus, however is considered best practice for Hepatitis A and B.

HEPATITIS A VACCINE

Vaccination should be considered for first aid givers and persons who work with and in rural and remote sites and indigenous workers. Vaccination should also be considered for those who may be exposed to sewage at work, such as plumbers and food workers.

Hepatitis A Vaccine is given as an intra-muscular injection and the immunisation program for this vaccine consists of two injections 6 to 12 months apart.

HEPATITIS B VACCINE

Hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for all, and is now included in routine Australian infant and childhood vaccinations. As a standard Hepatitis B immunisation is required for all people working in a First Aid/Medical capacity.

There is good evidence that a successfully completed primary course of Hepatitis B vaccinations provides long lasting protection in normal (immuno-competent) individuals. If the primary course has produced a protective level of antibodies as detailed previously routine boosters are not recommended.

The Hepatitis B vaccine is given as a intra-muscular injection and the immunisation program for this vaccine consists of three injections, the initial vaccination, the second at one month and the third at six months. This program should be followed by a serology test to confirm that the individual has been successfully immunised.

Please note that a combined vaccine against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B is available.

RAPID IMMUNISATION COURSES - HEP B AND HEP A/B

Although given as a standard course, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A/B vaccinations, can be given rapidly if a faster immunity is required.

VACCINATION SCHEDULES

TETANUS VACCINE

Tetanus can occur anywhere. Due to the availability of effective vaccines, tetanus is now a rare disease. Immunisation is not only important for children, but adults too. Even though adults may have been vaccinated as children, booster doses may be required to maintain immunity.

Immunisations recommended for adults may relate to your age, your Indigenous status, your occupation, if you have had injury or illness, your vaccination history, plans to travel, or just part of staying healthy.

Tetanus vaccination is recommended for:

  • All adults aged 50 years and over who have not received a booster dose in the previous 10 years

  • Adults with a tetanus prone wound should receive a booster dose if more than 5 years have elapsed since the last tetanus dose.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information around Adult Immunisations, please visit the Department of Health and Aged Care's website.

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