Yes, that’s right, it’s time to think about flu. And Winter. And Next Year.

Yes, I know your focus is currently on madly finishing up your 2013 deadlines, while trying to figure out how on earth you’ll find time to take holidays, but trust me, you need to be planning for next year’s flu season.

Unlike other vaccines which last for years, the flu vax needs to be done every year. The reason is, the influenza virus is constantly changing, and there are often several virus strains circulating at any time.

Currently there are three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulating: Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses.

The trivalent flu vaccine, which is used by Healthworks, protects against two influenza A viruses and an influenza B virus.

In Australia, the 2014 influenza vaccine has two strain changes from 2013. In detail, the Healthworks 2014 vaccine protects against:

• An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) – like virus

• An A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2) – like virus

• A B/Massachusetts/2/2012 – like virus

Onsite flu vaccinations are a high demand business, and if you have multiple sites, or large numbers of employees, or your employees are only onsite at certain times, you need to book in early.

At Healthworks, we’re taking Early Bird bookings until 20 December, 2013. You can request pricing and agreement forms here.

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