Vaccinating people who care for those at increased risk of disease protects themself and the people they are working with.
- People working in health care or handling human tissue, blood or bodily fluids should consider vaccination for hepatitis A (if providing health care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and in some jurisdictions), hepatitis B, influenza, MMR (if non-immune), pertussis (as dTpa), varicella, and BCG (if working with drug-resistant cases of tuberculosis). Carers should consider vaccination for hepatitis A and B (if caring for people with developmental disabilities), influenza and pertussis (as dTpa, if caring for infants <6 months of age).
- People working with children should consider vaccination for hepatitis A (if working in early childhood education and care), influenza, MMR (if non-immune), pertussis (as dTpa) and varicella (if non-immune).
- People working in nursing homes or long-term residential facilities should consider vaccination for influenza, MMR (if non-immune) and varicella (if non-immune). Check the immunisation history of anyone caring for people at increased risk of disease, and give them any missed vaccines. See the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more details.
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