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 and make others feel very sick.
The flu can have a big impact on work plans. It spreads quickly from person to person and symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset.
The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to have a flu shot every year.
See Wellplace's immunisation and outbreak resource page for information and images you can use to encourage your people to get immunised against a range of diseases, including the flu.
Also see our 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.
NZ Immunisation Week
NZ Immunisation Week runs from April 29 to May 5 in 2019. This year the theme is Protected Together #Immunise, focusing on making sure we are all protected against serious, preventable diseases.
Immunisation Week is an opportunity for businesses to help communities be well by encouraging team members to make sure they’re protected.
To support Immunisation Week in your workplace, encourage your staff to get up to date with their recommended immunisations, which can reduce the spread of serious diseases, benefiting everyone.
To help promote Immunisation Week, the Health Promotion Agency has developed a toolkit with a range of resources that can be downloaded and used to help raise awareness.
General immunisation information can be found on the HPA's immunisation page, including messages promoting on-time immunisation for babies and young children.
If you have pregnant women at work, consider promoting the immunisations available to them - particularly the flu vaccine before the winter peak.
Pregnant women who immunise themselves against whooping cough and the flu can help protect their baby by passing their immunity onto their baby. These vaccines are free and proven to be safe.
Download and share this pamphlet about immunising during pregnancy.
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