Healthcare workers, carers and household contacts of people in high-risk groups are recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine.
Healthcare workers, carers and household contacts who should be vaccinated include:
all healthcare providers, particularly those caring for people who are immunocompromised
household contacts (including children ≥6 months of age) of people in high-risk groups, including people who provide home care to people at high risk of influenza
people working in early childhood education and care
staff or volunteers caring for homeless people
This is because these people can transmit influenza to people who have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection.
Because of the high rate of influenza in the general population, vaccinating employees can result in workplace benefits such as increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.42 Employers should consider the benefits of offering influenza vaccine in their workplace, particularly for occupations at higher risk of influenza.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.