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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- diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
- bacille Calmette-Guérin
Printed content may be out of date. For up to date information, always refer to the digital version: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/resources/publications/vaccination-for-people-who-care-for-others.