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November 7

Recommended composition of influenza vaccines for use in the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended in its recent report (dated 28 September 2017) that trivalent (3-strain) influenza vaccines for use in the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season contain the following influenza vaccine viruses:

an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus; and
a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (from the influenza B/Yamagata lineage vaccine virus).

In addition, WHO has recommended that quadrivalent (4-strain) influenza vaccines containing two influenza B viruses, contain all of the above three …

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February 22

Onsite Health will commence workplace flu vaccinations on Monday, 3 April 2017

More than 840,000 Kiwis caught the flu last year, but 3/4 of them would never have known they had contracted the highly contagious virus.

Data from the Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance (SHIVERS) study, which analysed 2,500 adults and children randomly selected from general practices in Auckland show that 1 in 5 people in New Zealand – and 1 in 3 Kiwis under 19 – were infected …

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November 3

What to look out for in 2017 flu vaccine season | Southern hemisphere flu vaccine season

Recommended composition of influenza vaccines for use in the 2017 southern hemisphere influenza season.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended in its recent report (dated 29 September 2016) that influenza vaccines for use in the 2017 southern hemisphere influenza season contain the following influenza vaccine viruses:
– an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
– an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
– a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (from the influenza B/Victoria lineage vaccine virus).

In addition, WHO …

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January 7

Shingles virus and Zostavax vaccination

In order to assist in shingles prevention, Onsite Health is now pleased to be able to offer Zostavax™ vaccinations to clients.

Zostavax™ is an injectable live virus vaccine for the prevention of shingles (herpes zoster) and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), and, the reduction of acute and chronic zoster-associated pain. A single dose of Zostavax™ is administered to healthy adults aged 50 years and older.

Zostavax™ can be administered at the same …

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November 25

Australia Upgrade their Flu Vaccination for 2016

The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) has been upgraded to the quadrivalent (4-strain) for 2016.

Similar to the NZ Government’s Ministry of Health program to provide free influenza vaccinations for people at higher risk of developing complications if they get influenza, the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) “is designed to protect those population groups most at risk” of contracting influenza.

In a press release dated 6 November 2015 (and available at: …

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September 28

Recommended composition of influenza vaccines for use in the 2016 southern hemisphere influenza season

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended in its recent report (dated 24 September 2015) that influenza vaccines for use in the 2016 southern hemisphere influenza season contain the following influenza vaccine viruses:

– an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

– an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus

– a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

In addition, WHO has recommended that quadrivalent influenza vaccines containing two influenza B viruses, contain all of the above three viruses, and, a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

The influenza vaccine …

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February 10

New Flu vaccination for New Zealand

We are very proud to announce that in 2015, Onsite Health is offering:

1) Seasonal trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccination containing the 3 vaccine strains expected to be in circulation in 2015 as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccine will be available from Monday 23 March.

2) Seasonal quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccination contains additional protection against a 4th (type B) strain of influenza – in addition to the 3 …

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February 5

What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccination in the workplace

Hasn’t the weather been amazing in Auckland over the summer period, and the good news is, its likely to continue for some time now. The lovely fine days are continuing back into the working months also which is a bonus. Certainly a summer to remember that’s for sure.
It’s hard to envisage now (when we are tanned and getting around in light cotton clothing) that in the not too distant …

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January 12

Do flu injections work?

At Onsite Health we provide mobile Flu vaccinations to companies and businesses in Auckland. A common question we get is do these flu injections work?
YES, the flu vaccine does work. It is up to 80% effective in healthy adults. Influenza vaccination reduces hospitalisation and deaths by 20% to 50%.
The flu vaccine that you receive from Onsite Health is most likely the same flu vaccine that …

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December 15

How long does the flu vaccine last

This is a common question we get asked at Onsite Health. The basic answer is that immunity to the strains in a flu vaccine generally wanes within 6 – 12 months following vaccination, so it is important that annual flu vaccinations be administered. Therefore, flu vaccinations will last for up to one year following vaccination – providing ongoing influenza protection for both you and your staff.

The …

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