Staff Member Influenza Vaccination Program Policy

Applicable to: All Health Service Providers and the Department of Health

Description:

The purpose of the Staff Member Influenza Vaccination Program Policy is to reduce the risk of staff members of WA health system entities from acquiring and transmitting influenza, a notifiable infectious disease. This Policy mandates the requirements for WA health system entities and their staff members with regard to the annual influenza vaccination.

Influenza is a highly transmissible acute respiratory infection, and can cause severe illness or death, especially in people at high risk. Vaccination is the only way to specifically protect oneself against influenza and its complications.

This Policy supports recommendations within the following guidelines documents:
This Policy aligns with the following legislation: 
  • Health Services Act 2016
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984
  • Public Health Act 2016
  • Public Sector Management Act 1994.
This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Public Health Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

This Policy supersedes all sections of the OD 0038/12 Health Care Worker Immunisation Policy which relate to influenza and annual influenza vaccination programs.

Date of effect: 30 March 2020

Policy Framework

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Supporting information