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OCCUPATIONAL IMMUNISATION

Certain occupations result in increased risk of contracting some vaccine-preventable diseases. Some infected workers, particularly health care workers and those working in early childhood education services, may transmit infections such as influenza, rubella, measles, mumps, varicella and pertussis to susceptible contacts, with the potential for serious outcomes.

Where workers are at significant occupational risk of acquiring a vaccine-preventable disease, the employer should implement a comprehensive occupational vaccination programme, including vaccination policies, staff vaccination records, information about the relevant vaccine-preventable diseases and the management of vaccine refusal. Employers should take all reasonable steps to encourage susceptible workers to be immunised (Immunisation Handbook, NZ 2021).

Medvacc offers both screening and immunisation for the following diseases” 

Occupation  Recommended vaccines

Health care workers

Medical staff, nursing staff, lead maternity carers, other health professional staff and students

  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A (if working with children)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually mRNA-CV

Carers

Health care assistants, long-term facility carers and nursing home staff

  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A (if exposed to faeces)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually
  • mRNA-CV

Individuals who work with children

Early childhood education services staff

  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually

Other individuals working with children, including:

• correctional staff working where infants/children live with mothers

• school teachers (including student teachers)

• outside school hours carers

• child counselling services workers

• youth services workers

  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Influenza, annually

Emergency and essential service workers Police and emergency workers

 

  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually
  • mRNA-CV
Armed forces personnel
  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A (if deployed to high-risk countries) Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually
  • mRNA-CV
Staff of correctional facilities
  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A (if deployed to high-risk countries) Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually
  • mRNA-CV
  • MenACWY (if living in close quarters and/or deployed to high-risk countries)
  • 4CMenB (if living in close quarters)
  • Yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis (as appropriate, if deployed to high-risk countries)
Staff of immigration/refugee centres
  • Tdap – at least every 10 years
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A (if deployed to high-risk countries) Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually
  • mRNA-CV
Border staff and those working in managed quarantine facilities (including cleaners, security staff, custom and border officials, hotel workers, airline staff, port authorities, police, defence force staff and health professionals)
  • Influenza, annually
  • MMR
  • mRNA-CV
Individuals who work with animals Veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses
  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Influenza, annually

Zoo staff who work with primates

  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza, annually
Poultry workers and others handling poultry, including those who may be involved in culling during an outbreak of avian influenza, and swine industry workers
  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza, annually

Individuals exposed to human tissue, blood, body fluids or sewage Laboratory staff

 

 

 

 

  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A (if exposed to faeces)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, annually
  • MenACWY and 4CMenB (if regularly working with Neisseria meningitidis cultures)

Workers who perform skin penetration procedures (eg, tattooists, body-piercers)

  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B

Funeral workers, embalmers and other workers who have regular contact with human tissue, blood or body fluids and/or used needles or syringes

  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Sewage workers, plumbers or other workers in regular contact with untreated sewage

  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B

Sex workers
  • Tdap
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV

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