Workplace vaccinations and blood tests

Occupational Health Map covers the greater Wellington region (including Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt), and out to Kapiti and Porirua areas. Call us today to book blood tests and vaccinations for your workplace team.

Hepatitis A & B

These are given to people who are exposed to these diseases with their work. Blood tests are taken first to determine the need for this as some people do have immunity through previous vaccinations or disease. We can come to your workplace to take these blood samples or take them at the time of the pre-employment medical. Vaccinations are then given depending on the level of immunity.

Typhoid

is given to lab workers as they may be exposed to typhoid as part of their work. Other workers in New Zealand do not require typhoid unless they are going overseas as part of their employment

Tetanus, polio and whooping cough

vaccinations are given if the worker is exposed to these. For example – early childhood workers are advised to have whooping cough vaccinations.

The influenza virus

is the one that most of your workers are exposed to. Our qualified nurses can come to your site and give flu vaccinations to your staff if you are based in the Wellington, Lower Hutt, Kapiti, Porirua or Upper Hutt areas. Please contact us.

Flu vaccinations

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Flu symptoms

Symptoms of flu include, fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches.

Vaccinations

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Vaccinations are generally available from early March to 30 June. Occupational Health Map can come to your workplace to give flu vaccinations if you are in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua, Lower Hutt or Upper Hutt. Please contact OHM for further information.

All people 65 years of age and over and all people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), can receive free annual influenza vaccine from their Doctor as they are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Why do people need to vaccinate?

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

How flu spreads

Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

Preventing flu

The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a vaccination. This is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus). A new vaccination is formulated each year as the influenza virus changes rapidly over time and different strains become dominant.

About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection throughout the Influenza season. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.

If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, contact OHM for further information.
Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus

If your employees are vulnerable as part of their duties, they should be vaccinated against these illnesses. We will give them a course of injections to minimise their risk. Contact us.

Good health habits for influenza prevention

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick to prevent spread
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and spreading germs
  • Practice other good health habits, sleep well, keep fit, eat healthy foods and manage your stress