Immunisation is a simple and effective way to prevent serious diseases or illnesses, in workers, who may be exposed to infectious organisms. A vaccination stimulates a person-s immune system to protect against the infectious organism before it can cause disease or illness. Vaccinations are available for a number of infectious organisms that workers may be exposed to in the workplace.
Tetanus is caused by bacteria which are present in soils, dust and manure. The bacteria that cause tetanus can enter the body through a wound which may be as small as a pin prick. Tetanus is a disease that is often fatal, as it attacks the nervous system. Tetanus causes muscle spasms that are first felt in the neck and jaw muscles (lock jaw).
Tetanus can lead to breathing difficulties, painful convulsions and abnormal heart rhythms. Tetanus is now rare in Australia, due to effective vaccinations, but it still occurs in people who have never been immunised against the disease, or who have not had their booster vaccines.
Who benefits from Tetanus vaccination?
All adults should have received a primary course of tetanus toxoid, and a booster 10 to 20 years after the primary course. It is recommended that all adults at the age of 50 years should receive a dose of tetanus containing vaccine, if they have not had a booster in the previous 10 years. All adults who have sustained an injury that could be tetanus prone should receive a booster dose of tetanus vaccine is more than 5 years has elapsed since the last dose.
We can come to your workplace to immunise your staff, or alternatively staff can come to our offices at Parklands Mackay Business Hub.
Contact CQ Mobile Workplace Immunisation Co-ordinator today, to enquire how we can assist your business to look after your employees or register an interest in receiving more information about Influenza Immunisation in the workplace.
Tetanus and Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination
Whopping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can affect adults, adolescents and children. Adults and adolescents may only suffer from an irritating persistent cough; however whooping cough is potentially fatal in young children and babies. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent whooping cough, a booster dose is recommended for any adults who have not had a previous booster.
Whooping cough immunisation is also recommended for:
- All healthcare workers.
- Adults working with young children.
- Adults planning pregnancy.
- Other adults in the house hold of young children.
ADT (Adult Diphtheria & Tetanus) Immunisation
Diphtheria and tetanus can be prevented with the ADT Booster vaccine. ADT vaccine contains small amounts of the diphtheria and tetanus toxins which have been modified to make them harmless. The vaccine also contains a small amount of preservative and aluminium salt.