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Flu vaccinations are a way to help staff protect themselves against winter influenza. Flu vaccinations operate by giving you a sub symptom dose of influenza, so that when infection challenges occur the body's immune system “recognises” the infection and can deal with it promptly without you getting influenza. As influenza viruses change each year and the protection is short-lived the vaccination has to repeated each year.
Massey also benefits from staff obtaining vaccinations with reduced absenteeism, and it has arranged vaccinations at cost price through the University's student medical centres. Some Heads of School will pay the cost of the vaccination for you.
Flu vaccinations are offered to all staff annually in April/May of each year. If your School is supporting the cost you will usually be notified of the process through the School office.
The vaccination is particularly recommended for people over age 65, those who are in contact with the elderly or chronically ill and all individuals with chronic cardiac or respiratory illness (such as asthma) and chronic medical disorders.
The vaccination is not suitable for all people. You should check with your medical practitioner if you are not sure or have any of the following:
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016