April usually marks the start of the influenza season. Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal.
Around one in four New Zealanders are infected with flu each year. Many people won’t feel sick at all but can still pass it on to others.
Wellplace also has Fight the Flu resources, including an image you can use for electronic communications, a downloadable poster, and two flu prevention articles you can use in your workplace communications - one for workplaces with outdoor workers, and another for indoor workers.
Also, the World Health Organization's World Immunization Week (24-30 April, 2018) is a good time to remind everyone of the importance of immunisations, and how many lives they have saved over the years.
Progress towards global vaccination targets is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunisations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.
NZ Immunisation Week
If it doesn't suit to concentrate on immunisation this month, another opportunity could be the NZ Immunisation Week (a week after World Immunization Week) from April 30 to May 6, 2018.
General immunisation information can be found on the Health Promotion Agency's immunisation page, including messages promoting on-time immunisation for babies and young children.
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