Vaccinations relevant to occupational medicine must be viewed as a component of the duty of care measures required by the law if an employee is subject to an increased risk of infection due to their professional activity.
Employees who perform activities involving an increased risk of infection can be protected by means of regular vaccinations. These measures will prevent possible infection-related occupational diseases.
The protective vaccinations at a company which could possibly be relevant to occupational medicine include tick-borne encephalitis, hepatitis, poliomyelitis, influenza, diphtheria-tetanus and pneumococci.
Extended periods of sick time, and the risk of these periods increasing in number overall, can be prevented by providing efficient vaccination, such as flu vaccination, as part of a preventive company health plan.
The preventive vaccination plan also needs to be a part of preventive measures for employees travelling abroad on business, and should continuously be adapted to the latest findings of travel medicine.
Travel vaccinations include, amongst others, vaccinations against rabies, typhus and cholera.
Testing of vaccination protection
This involves testing employees to see whether a booster vaccination is necessary. I am happy to provide advice relating to the need for particular vaccinations.