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Immunisation for work

Certain jobs and industries are linked with a greater risk of getting and/or transmitting a disease preventable by vaccination.

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Workers in certain jobs and industries are at greater risk of getting some diseases. You can prevent these diseases by getting vaccinated. 

Jobs that have a greater risk of getting or passing on vaccine-preventable diseases include:

  • healthcare workers, including trainees and students
  • people who look after children
  • carers of people with intellectual disabilities
  • carers of older people
  • people who work in laboratories
  • people who work with or are in contact with animals
  • anyone exposed to human tissue, blood, body fluids or sewage
  • people who work in emergency and essential services

If you work in any of these jobs, speak to your employer or doctor about vaccines you may need.

Providers of Government-subsidised residential aged care services must offer their staff and volunteers a free flu vaccination every year. 

Last updated: 
1 May 2019
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