Immunisation recommendations for RAHC Health Professionals
Health Professionals working for RAHC should ensure that they meet immunisation recommendations for health professionals working remotely in the NT.
RAHC uses the recommendations for remote health staff prepared by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) of the Northern Territory Department of Health (DoH). Health professionals will know that immunisation is important because health care workers are associated with an increased risk of some vaccine preventable diseases. Furthermore, health care workers may transmit infections such as influenza, measles, rubella, varicella and pertussis to susceptible patients. The recommendations provided include only occupational immunisations and are applicable to all Remote Health Staff not just clinical staff. People at high risk may benefit from additional immunisations. These guidelines assume that all health professionals will have had routine childhood immunisations.
The NT Centre for Disease Control (CDC) lists below the recommended immunisations for health professionals working in remote communities:
- Influenza Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Varicella Zoster
- Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (single dose of Boostrix)
- Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
While Tuberculosis screening is not an immunisation, it is recommended for all Remote Health Centre Staff to establish a baseline Mantoux reading or initiate treatment.
Further information on all aspects of immunisation and infectious disease risks to health professionals, please refer the following link: Northern Territory Government Remote Health Immunisation Information
RAHC strongly advises our HP's to ensure that their immunisation status for the above listed vaccines are up to date and that they have a record of adequate evidence (such as bloodwork with titer levels). We also recommend that you keep a copy of these records in a safe electronic form which can be accessed on your placement.