Goodstart joins in the fight against influenza
Goodstart Early Learning and Chemist Warehouse have teamed together to offer every employee throughout the country free flu vaccinations.
Goodstart national safety, health and wellbeing manger Kylie Warren-Wright said being vaccinated meant you were not only protecting yourself, you were protecting the vulnerable children and adults in our communities.
Chemist Warehouse is offering Goodstart employee immunisations at more than 200 stores throughout the country with appointments available from March 18 until May 24. It’s expected more than 15,000 vaccinations will be delivered to Goodstart employees during this period.
The 2019 influenza vaccine includes the strains recommended for the southern hemisphere by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Influenza Committee (AIVC).
Immunisation against influenza can take two or three weeks to take effect.
“This is a very important step in preventing influenza ahead of the flu season,” Ms Warren-Wright said. “By having the flu vaccine, you’re ensuring that you are helping prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease throughout the community.
“Because we’re all working with some of the most vulnerable people in our community, children, it’s important for Goodstart to make this vaccination as accessible as possible for our people. We’d encourage anyone working in the early learning sector to consider getting vaccinated.
“It’s also Goodstart’s way of showing how important our people are to us – this is just one small way in which we are investing in their wellbeing,” she said.
Chemist Warehouse director retail and pharmacist Mario Tascone said the company was committed to educating Australians on the importance of being prepared and encouraging them to be vaccinated.
“The flu is highly contagious and can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications and the annual flu vaccination is the most important step in preventing it,” Mr Tascone said.