All residents, staff, volunteers and visitors to aged care and long-term residential facilities are strongly recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine.
These people include inmates of correctional facilities and people in immigration detention centres.
This is due to high rates of influenza transmission and complications during outbreaks in these facilities.22,43-45
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.