Staff Member Influenza Vaccination Program Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all WA health system and staff members, as defined in this policy.

Description: The purpose of the Staff Member Influenza Vaccination Program Policy (Policy) is to reduce the risk of staff members from acquiring and transmitting influenza, a notifiable infectious disease. This Policy mandates the requirements for WA health system 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
  • Public Health Act 2016
  • Public Sector Management Act 1994
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2020.

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: 04 May 2022

Policy Framework

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