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In the last four years there's actually been a 27% increase in non- fatal injuries, particularly in the construction, retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors.
NEWS Calls for flu vaccine declaration HAVE A A group of influenza specialists has called for mandatory signed declarations for all direct care health staff refusing the influenza QUESTION? vaccination. According to a paper released by the Influenza Specialist Group, mandatory signed opt-out clauses are critical to increasing influenza vaccination rates among staff. The paper identifies three critical steps for health care facilities to help improve vaccination rates among their direct care staff: » mandatory signed declarations by all staff who decline to be vaccinated, and stating their reasons; » continued improvements in education about, and access to, vaccination; » mandatory vaccination of all direct care staff within critical high-risk areas. According to Dr Alan Hampson, Influenza Specialist Group Chair, vaccination rates among direct care staff remain suboptimal; usually below 50% within Australian health care facilities. “Even when health care facilities make influenza vaccination free and readily available, NEED INFORMATION? many staff remain unvaccinated—often because of a perceived lack of need for WORK IT. vaccination, as well as concerns about adverse reactions and vaccine efficacy,” he said. “Thus the benefit of something like a mandatory signed declaration by all staff who Call the QNU’s decline vaccination provides the opportunity to educate staff about the relative benefits CLAIMIT. CLAIM IT. and risks of influenza vaccination, including duty of care. Member Servicing “It also requires direct care staff to make an active choice about vaccination, and enables Centre (MSC) on effective record keeping o
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