11 Apr Immunisation drive in New Zealand
The Ministry of Health recommends that all health care workers need to get immunised against influenza.
Flu or influenza is a viral infection that is highly contagious. Vaccines for this infection are available at the Gisborne Hospital, which is one of the health services provided by Hauora Tairāwhiti, New Zealand. The vaccine is provided free to all staff and pregnant women attending the hospital antenatal clinic or the maternity unit.
The authorities believe that it is extremely important for all health professionals working with pregnant women and babies to be immunised to reduce the risk. Studies conducted in New Zealand have shown that pregnant women are nearly five times more likely to be admitted to hospital when suffering from the flu than women who are not pregnant. The consequences to a mother and baby who get the flu are more serious and can be life-threatening.
The Ministry of Health recommends that all health care workers need to get immunised against influenza. It is mandatory for individuals who are at a higher risk of contracting flu infection, such as pregnant women, elderly people, and patients suffering from heart diseases, strokes, diabetes, asthma, and cancers.
The vaccine administration might cause minor side-effects but they usually disappear within 48 hours.