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    Two strain changes for
    2014 flu vaccine

     

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended two strain changes for the 2014 influenza vaccine.

    The 2014 influenza vaccine for Australia is recommended to contain the following strains1:

    ·           An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) - like virus

    ·           An A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2) - like virus

    ·           A B/Massachusetts/2/2012 - like virus

     

    The importance of annual vaccination 

    Influenza viruses constantly evolve, with rapid changes in their characteristics.2 To provide continuing protection, annual vaccination with vaccine containing the most recent strains is necessary.

    Because post-vaccination antibody titres have been shown to decline over the course of a year, immunisation guidelines recommend annual vaccination for optimal protection against influenza, even when the influenza vaccine strains are unchanged from season to season.3,4

     

    Workplace flu vaccination is a smart investment

    Influenza vaccination in the workplace can result in increased productivity, and reduced absenteeism among workers.5

    Influenza vaccination programs for healthy working adults may represent a cost-effective strategy and may also result in an improved workplace environment.6

    Research has shown that healthy employees vaccinated against flu take nearly half the number of sick days and have nearly half the number of doctor’s visits compared to unvaccinated workers. 7

    Holding an onsite vaccination clinic means staff do not need to take time off to visit their own GP.  Jobfit’s 2014 workplace flu vaccination program will commence early March, and our occupational health nurses will vaccinate more than 6,000 Australian workers.

    To protect your business from the flu, register for Jobfit’s 2014 workplace flu vaccination program by phoning 1800 994 808 or email flu@jobfit.com.au

     

    REFERENCES:

    1. Australian Government, Dept Health and Ageing, Therapeutic Goods Administration. AIVC recommendations for the composition of influenza vaccine for Australia in 2014. Found at: http://www.tga.gov.au/about/committees-aivc.htm.

    (Accessed 14 Oct 2013). 2. World Health Organisation, International travel and health, Influenza. Found at: http://www.who.int/ith/vaccines/si_iAh1n1/en/index.html. (Accessed 12 Oct 2012). 3. NHMRC The Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th edition 2008. 4. MMWR Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccine: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011 60(33); 1128-1132. 5. NHMRC The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition 2013, pg 256. 6. Cohen et al. J Occup Health Safety 2003;19(2):167-182. 7. Nichol et al. The effectiveness of vaccination against influenza in healthy, working adults. NEJM 1995;33:889-893. bioCSL (Australia) Pty Ltd, 45 Poplar Road, Parkville Vic 3052, Australia. ABN 66 120 398 067.